Objective: The objective and purpose is that attendees will have a greater understanding of opioid use disorder, including overdose prevention and recognition, use of naloxone, and laws pertaining to naloxone.
Speaker: Zoe Odlin-Platz Zoe has been working in harm reduction since 2009. She is a Community Health Promotion Specialist with the City of Portland’s Public Health Division and oversees the daily operations of the Portland Needle Exchange Program. Zoe helped to implement both a community sharps box campaign and a naloxone distribution protocol. In 2012, Zoe helped form I AM HERE Outreach Team, which is volunteer run and does street-based needle exchange, harm reduction, overdose response education and safe sharps disposal. This team is responsible for organizing the International overdose Awareness March and Vigil that is held each year in Portland. Zoe is a co-founder of the Maine Harm Reduction Alliance and chairs the education committee and sits on the Overdose Prevention Task Force for the City of Portland, the Amistad Community Board and Dignity for Opiate Users. Currently Zoe and the needle exchange team are focusing on their opioid overdose reporting in and reversal data collection, agency trainings on harm reduction and overdose prevention and community naloxone distribution events.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration
Stephanie Nichols, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPP Stephanie is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Husson School of Pharmacy, an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts School of Medicine, and a Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder Pharmacist practicing at Maine Medical Center. She is highly engaged in interprofessional education of students, residents, and lifelong learners, both in the classroom and in the clinical setting. Her research has been published in: Pain, Current Psychiatry, Journal of Psychopharmacology, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacology, and Psychosomatics.