Addiction: Impact and Advocacy
This four-part series will provide information and training related to identifying the characteristics of addiction and what to do when presented or observed. In addition, participants will learn about the challenging issues surrounding addiction and some of the community organizing tools employed by Nevadans for the Common Good in fighting for systemic change. This four-part series is sponsored by UNLV Religious Studies, Advisors for Faith-Based and Spirituality RSO, The Intersection, Student Diversity and Social Justice, Intersecting Connections, School of Public Health, Nevadans for the Common Good, and Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition
February 22, 2022: Recognizing and Talking About Addiction. Participants will learn a basic framework for understanding the chemistry of addiction, hear personal stories from those experiencing the impacts of addiction, practice the skills of community listening intended to overcome stigma and isolation. 4 p.m./Student Union/Room 205
March 1, 2022: Opioid Addiction in Context. Participants will learn about substance-use disorder, what happens in the brain, and what it means to be in recovery. The discussion will include statistics both nationally and locally and the larger societal impacts. 4 p.m./Student Union/Room 209
March 8, 2022: Advocating for Health: Nevadans for the Common Good Successful Legislative Advocacy. Participants will learn about broad-based community organizing, how it has changed public policy and civic engagement in Southern Nevada, and how ordinary citizens can become a powerful voice for change. 4 p.m./Student Recreation Center/Room 1010
March 22: Narcan Training. Participants will learn the indicators of opioid overdose and how Narcan is used on our UNLV campus, and the national Narcan conversation about the benefits of Narcan on US campuses. The training for this session will be conducted by University Police Lieutenant Toni Summerlin. 4 p.m./Student Union/Room 211
Refreshments provided while they last.