The Opioid Training Institute is dedicated to stopping addiciton and saving lives
of people prescribed opioids misuse them
develop an opioid abuse disorder
transition to heroin
of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioid
Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids
Alabama is facing a complex public health crisis and continues to have one of the highest opioid prescribing rates in the country. Combating the crisis involves understanding how it transpired, recognizing contributing factors, and targeting key areas with education and training.
The Alabama Opioid Training Institute, a collaboration between the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy and the Alabama Department of Mental Health, a free one-day education program, includes programs for Community Leaders intended to raise awareness of Opioid Use Disorder and empower communities and individuals to take part in and collaborate with efforts battling the opioid crisis.
Program offerings for Healthcare Providers intend to provide medical professionals with the knowledge needed to assist with prevention of new Opioid Use Disorder instances.
The Alabama Opioid Training Institutes focus on two specific yet important groups to combat this crisis: healthcare providers for CME training and community leaders across many fields.
Target Audience for OTI Community Events:
- Social Workers
- Guidance Counselors
- School Nurses
- Behavioral Health Specialists
- Faith-Based Community Leaders
- State & Local Leaders
- Law Enforcement
- Probation Officers
Target Audience for OTI CME:
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Nurse Practitioners
- Social Workers
The Opioid Training Institute is a cooperative effort of the Alabama Department of Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It is made possible by a grant provided by SAMHSA.