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New APHA Press book provides comprehensive toolkit for combatting opioid crisis

Date: May 07 2024

Contact: Media Relations

The Opioid Epidemic in the U.S. is an ongoing crisis, leaving devastated communities and shattered families in its wake. Responding to the Opioid Epidemic: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners provides the practical guidance on prevention, treatment and recovery that public health practitioners need. Authored by William F. Wieczorek, PhD, and Martha W. Waller, PhD, this groundbreaking book is poised to revolutionize the way we address this multifaceted crisis through a blend of research-backed strategies, cultural insights and practical advice.

"This book was written to provide the practical, comprehensive, adaptable and scientifically informed guidance that practitioners need in order to be successful," explains Dr. Wieczorek. "Our aim is to empower organizations and individuals tasked with combating the opioid epidemic, offering them a roadmap for effective action."

Responding to the Opioid Epidemic spans a wide range of critical topics, including health disparities, harm reduction strategies, medications for opioid use disorders and community recovery support services. Each chapter is authored by experts in their respective fields, providing readers with invaluable insights and actionable steps.

"We wanted to create a resource that not only educates, but also inspires coordinated systemic action," says Dr. Waller. "By addressing stigma, building community readiness and meeting individuals where they are, we can make meaningful strides in combating this crisis."

With its practical approach, evidence-based strategies and unwavering commitment to public health, Responding to the Opioid Epidemic: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners stands as a vital resource in the fight against one of the most pressing health challenges of our time.

For a review copy please contact APHA Media Relations.


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