Covering the Opioid Crisis: How it Affects You

Covering the Opioid Crisis: How it Affects You


Friday, July 19, 2019    
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Broward County Courthouse – Jury Assembly Room (Room 380)
201 SE 6th St #380, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301

Event Type

United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention and the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida are partnering to present an educational community event entitled The Opioid Crisis: How It Affects You.
• The presentation will include a discussion about what opioids are, how they affect our brains and bodies, the history of opioid use in America, and how we got to the current opioid epidemic.
• The presenters will discuss:
o The dangers of prescription opioids and the possible side effects and dependency risks of opioids and all prescription medications.
o The prevalence of prescription opiates and how to help family members avoid developing an opiate use disorder.
o Information about the current treatment options that are available in Broward County for opioid use disorders.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about The Opioid Crisis in our community.

Current Facts about Opioid Usage:
o 95% of parents believe their child has never taken a prescription drug for a reason other than its intended use.
o Four out of five heroin users first began with the recreational use of Rx pain relievers.
o Nearly 80% of people who inject heroin start by abusing Rx drugs.

Claudia Vicencio, PhD, LCSW, LMFT is the Clinical Supervisor for Outpatient Behavioral Health at Memorial Regional Hospital. Along with Alberto Augsten, PharmD, BCPP, DABAT, she also created and manages multiple innovative programs to treat opioid and other substance use disorders—including the award-winning Mothers in Recovery Program.

Dr. Alberto Augsten, PharmD, BCPP, DABAT is the Pharmacy Clinical Manager for Behavioral Health and Emergency Department, Long-Acting Therapy (LAT) Clinic at Memorial Regional Hospital, Behavioral Health Transition (BhT) Clinc, and the Co-Creator of the Mothers in Recovery (MIR) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Programs at Memorial Healthcare System.

Presentation: 1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Q&A: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Parking tickets in the Jury Parking Lot will be validated

About United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health and Drug Prevention (UWBCCBH) is a broad-based substance misuse prevention and mental health promotion coalition dedicated to reducing negative consequences on individuals, families, and communities. Today, its primary role is to serve as a coalition-building organization that brokers partnerships between federal, state and local agencies to foster, develop, and enhance integrated behavioral health efforts throughout Broward County, while searching for innovative and effective ways to address the issue of substance misuse. Behavioral Health and drug prevention is a vital component of United Way of Broward County’s three impact areas (health, education and financial stability) focused on the solutions to close gaps in services and create a better life for all. For more information please visit
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