CSU School of Health Sciences takes seriously its commitment to help address real world problems faced by our community. With the opiate epidemic still in full force, CSU was honored to host an interprofessional learning experience for over 300 students from Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Nursing, Social Work and Chemical Dependency Counseling from Cleveland State University and Pharmacy students from Northeast Ohio Medical College on February 8, 2019.
CSU welcomed three guest panelist who provided valuable information on pain management and the importance of an interprofessional response to the opioid epidemic. Michelle Wilson an Occupational Therapist and Community Liaison with University Hospitals spoke about rehabilitation providers role in managing chronic pain. Berea Police Department Sergeant Pat Greenhill, introduced students to the Safe Passages Program--a police assisted addiction intervention where community members struggling with addiction voluntarily turn themselves into the police rather than arresting those individuals, with the police officers then linking these individuals with needed treatment. Panelist and community advocate Nicole Wamsley shared her lived experience with health care treatment providers both during her struggles with addiction and after she maintained long term recovery.
Students used a case study of a young woman who struggles with chronic pain following a car accident who turns to illicit drugs to manage her pain after her prescription opiates were abruptly discontinued. The young woman subsequently finds out she is pregnant. Students worked in interdisciplinary teams to learn from each other each profession’s roll in addressing pain and addiction. Students used drughelp.care, a new fully searchable web application that can be used to find harm reduction resources and a treatment spot that matches an individual’s characteristics.