The text-based content for this course is based on two SAMHSA publications: (1) SAMHSA Blog: Opioid and Illicit Drug Use Among the Hispanic/Latino Populations (October 2019) and (2) SAMHSA Brief: The Opioid Crisis and the Hispanic/Latino Population: An Urgent Issue (May 2020).
While the current opioid epidemic is one of the largest drug epidemics recorded in United States history, a great deal of attention to this epidemic has focused primarily on White suburban and rural communities. Less attention has focused on communities of color, which are experiencing dramatic increases in opioid misuse and overdose deaths. In 2018, 10.3 million people misused opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, and two million had an opioid use disorder (OUD). As Hispanic/Latino Americans are one of the fastest-growing minority populations—expected to compose nearly 30 percent of the US population by 2060—it becomes imperative to understand the unique sociocultural factors that influence drug use and access to prevention, treatment, and recovery in this population. To complete the course, participants must read both the SAMHSA Blog and Brief and pass the online posttest with a score of 80% or better to print a certificate of completion.
This course is designed for social workers and behavioral health practitioners who want current information regarding the opioid crisis within America’s Hispanic/Latino population.
After completing this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify contextual factors that impact the opioid epidemic in the Hispanic/Latino population.
- Identify challenges to prevention, treatment, and recovery in the Hispanic/Latino population.
- Identify community-informed outreach and engagement strategies targeting the Hispanic/Latino population.