December 5, 2018 | Webinar
Considering Children: How the opioid epidemic affects child survivors of domestic violence
Tanagra M. Melgarejo, Dr. Margie Skeer
December 12, 2017
The current opioid epidemic is affecting every part of our society. Children are especially at risk to the negative impacts of opioid use and addiction. It is important to understand how the opioid epidemic affects kids so that we can better support adult and child survivors of domestic violence. Living with parents who are addicted to opioids can affect children’s brain development, sense of safety, and social wellbeing. It can also increase the risk of children using substances themselves. This webinar will discuss the prevalence of opioid use and addiction. Presenters will also talk about how it intersects with those affected by domestic violence, particularly children. There will be a strong focus on concrete harm reduction strategies that providers can use with adult and child survivors of domestic violence.
After the webinar, participants will be better able to:
Explain how opioid addiction can impact children’s development and wellbeing
Recognize how the impacts of opioid abuse intersect with those of domestic violence on adult and children survivors
Describe ways providers can support adult and child survivors of domestic violence also experiencing opioid addiction
Identify specific harm reduction strategies that providers can use with adults and child survivors of domestic violence.
Tanagra M. Melgarejo, MSW, Harm Reduction Coalition
Dr. Margie Skeer, Tufts University School of Medicine
This webinar is supported by Grant Number 90EV0434-01-00 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Points of view in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.