Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Resources from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region

November 13, 2019

The New England PTTC was recently tabling at the New England Rural Health Conference where we got to meet and become connected with another great resource for New England, the New England Region affiliate of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, funded by the U.S. National Institute on Health.  As is described on their website, the goal of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals' access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.


The network is comprised of eight Health Sciences Libraries, which function as the Regional Medical Library (RML) for their respective region. The RMLs coordinate the operation of a Network of Libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs. The New England Region RML is based in Worcester, Massachusetts at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The RMLs ensure a continuity of quality service for core programs of the NNLM, and cooperatively design, implement and evaluate innovative approaches to serve the health information needs of health professionals and a diverse public. 


As one major objective, the New England Region (NER) is working to provide education to those in their network about Substance Use Disorder through a series of webinars with expert presenters. The NER has several webinars coming up in early December that are open and available to the public. One that will be of particular interest for our prevention workforce will feature the President of the Partnership of Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction, Fred Meunch.  Keep on reading for the description of the webinar and how you can participate:


Engaging Parents and Caregivers in Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Recovery

President Partnership of Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction - Fred Muench

December 5, 2019 3-4PM

Fred Muench, PhD is the President of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. In January 2019 the Partnership and the Center for Addiction merged. The mission of these organizations is to transform how our nation addresses addiction.


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Fred will present on family-based interventions to engage parents and caregivers, as well as data on the resources the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers for families addressing every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery. Learn about the support and guidance offered through the latest science-based information designed to empower parents and caregivers. Fred will also discuss how the merger with the Center on Addiction now provides the research necessary to advance effective prevention and treatment strategies advocating for lifesaving policy changes with state and local partners. Through these initiatives the Partnership and Center on Addiction aspire to change the national conversation around addiction so that no one will feel alone or ashamed to seek help, and everyone can have access to the care they need and deserve.


Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the resources for Substance Use Disorder NLM and partner organizations offer such as MedlinePlus, Drug Information Portal and Pillbox.
  • Learn the latest research on parenting and caregiver interventions for substance use prevention and intervention.
  • Learn about how the Partnership is infusing, best-in-class science with compassion from prevention to sustained recovery, to support families caring for a child or loved one struggling with substance use.
  • Learn about the work the Partnership is doing with health care systems to provide effective addiction treatment, research and practices that work, and promote accessibility and affordability of care for everyone.


Visit this link to learn more about the webinar and how to register*:


*You will need to create a user account for the NNLM website to register, but there is no cost to register and you will have access to future webinars and trainings.  


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