Community Presentation – April 16, 2018

Community Presentation on Opioid Issues – the presentation is being put on by the Family Service Society; focuses on Youth Prevention; features a nationally recognized expert speaker; and, is absolutely free to the community. The presentation is being held at the Corning Painted Post High School at 6pm on April 16, 2018.

The following information are the notes taken by Teresa Haight during this community event held on Monday, April 16, 2018:

We need to start talking about a new approach, shares Daniel B. Jacobs, Ed.M., M.B.A., Psy.D.

“Positive self-esteem boosting is a way to help kids stay away from drugs along with fostering self-esteem.”

We need to start thinking about other approaches to the drug epidemic — Cognitive Behavioral Therapy…Self-esteem (feeling good about yourself), self-efficacy (the feeling of accomplishment), connectedness (feeling connected in the community, in groups), and Hope…Dealing with refusal skills, anger issues, anxiety issues, communications issues, substance abuse issues.

Being aware of the impact of the language being used is important…Use, abuse, addiction, overdose, death, crisis, epidemic, treatment, intervention — What does it all trigger?  F.E.A.R.  — Feelings of Fear can lead to a desire to avoid. This has happened for a very long time with substances.  Reactive interventions are less effective than proactive prevention efforts.  More people can be reached through community-based efforts.

Substance abuse is affecting everyone.  How do we approach the issue?

  • Informed by data.
  • Informed by personal experiences — sharing.
  • Proactive vs. reactive.
  • Prevention vs. intervention.
  • Adversarial or collaborative?
  • Helpless/hopeless or pragmatically optimistic?

Collaborative efforts are a great way to work together as a community.  Look at ways that we can communicate better.  Often people think they are helpless and hopeless and cant’ think straight about how to solve their problems. Collaborative communications is important.

Oxycodone has been around since 1916.  Oxycontin was released to the market in 1995 by Perdue Parma with revenues at $1.8 Billion dollars in 2017 (down from $2.8 Billion in 2012).

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals made Naloxone (aka Narcan) which was invented in 1971 with revenues at $21.3 Million in 2011; $60.8 Million in 2014; and $274.1 Million in 2016 — short-term Narcan is great but long-term is doesn’t change anything — it doesn’t change addictive behaviors or habits.

In 2017, $2.3 Billion dollars in revenues just from the sales of Oxycontin, Narcan, and Naltroxone.  Tons of profits being made by drug manufacturers and the costs continue to increase.

What about on the prevention or proactive side of the equation?  This is a new approach worth thinking about.  We need more education and self-esteem boosting.

Key words for a Proactive Approach:  Self-esteem, Self-efficacy, Connectedness, Hope.

Next steps for proactive approach:  Explore the efforts and offerings of different community area support services (Family Service Society, Steuben County Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services, etc).

Remain hopeful, stay focused, and actively engage in collaborative efforts.

Connectedness (with schools, with communities, with families) is incredibly important to our youth.

What can school systems do to help?  (1) They need to admit there is a problem and that they are a part of the solution; (2) Build better connections with area services. Corning-Painted Post School District has created a “District Mental Health Action Team” and also a community group.

There are ways to re-develop our brains.

“If you don’t work on the hole in the soul where the problem started then you are working on the wrong thing.”