Question 2: How do you see APA’s role in providing assistance toward addressing the opioid epidemic present in both urban and rural populations?

June 10, 2018

Sandy’s Response: 

 

The opioid epidemic presents a critical societal challenge where psychology can contribute both uniquely and significantly.  We bring deep scientifically-based expertise regarding behavioral, non-pharmacological interventions for pain management and related conditions.  We bring a bio-psycho-social perspective to opioid abuse treatment, identifying earlier co-existing conditions and developing more targeted strategies for treatment, respectful of specific populations and multicultural contexts affected.  We also address the rehabilitation and disability issues from a workforce, workplace systems and community perspective.  And, hopefully, we can directly address the hopelessness and despair that both creates and results from the insidious treachery of the opioid abuse cycle. 

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