Boston Medical Center (BMC) Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance (TTA)

A Resource for Healthcare and Social Services Professionals

First Fentanyl, Now Xylazine: Complications in Overdose Prevention and Wound Care

October 6, 2022
1:00 pm–2:00 pm ET

A drop-in session, open to individuals working in the field of addiction. Includes discussion of an evidence-based article with implications for SUD practice.

Virtual meeting

Via Zoom
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Description

This drop-in session is open to individuals working in addiction medicine around the country. Every month, we will review an evidence-based article and discuss its implications for SUD practice. This includes new research studies as well as landmark studies relevant to substance use disorder practice.

Our monthly Addiction Journal Club is intended to be a distinct offering from many of the BMC Grayken TTA events, as this meeting is intended to be less didactic and more of an interactive review of emerging data and trends related to care of persons who use substances. This monthly drop-in meeting provides an opportunity to network with addiction colleagues and share experiences about clinical practices.

This month, we will be going over two articles: "Increasing presence of xylazine in heroin and/or fentanyl deaths, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2010-2019" by Johnson J, Pizzicato L, Johnson C, et al.; and "Xylazine-Induced Skin Ulcers in a Person Who Injects Drugs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA" by Malayala S V, Papudesi B, Bobb R, et al. To view the articles please see the attached flyer.

Please register in advance via Zoom using the link at the top of this page in order to attend this session.

Intended audience

Individuals working in the field of addiction medicine. 

Speakers

Vanessa Loukas, MSN, FNP-C, CARN-AP

Vanessa is a Clinical Nurse Educator for Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Technical Assistance Team with clinical interest and expertise in management of substance use disorders in primary care, chronic mental illness, and infectious diseases. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner receiving her Masters of Science in Nursing at Simmons College, and board certified in Advance Practice Addictions nursing through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (CARN-AP). Prior to joining the team, she was the Administrative Director of the Addiction Services Department at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, formerly the South End Community Health Center, developing their multidisciplinary nursing led addiction program and where she practiced as a nurse practitioner managing a high risk patient panel. Vanessa also worked as a registered nurse in acute treatment services and medical stabilization programs.

Annie Potter, MSN, MPH, NP, CARN-AP

Annie is a Nurse Practitioner at Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Annie educates and supports health care providers on best practices in the treatment of substance use disorders and serves as the Medical Director for the Massachusetts Office Based Addiction Treatment ECHO. Prior to joining BMC, Annie practiced at a community health center in Baltimore, MD, where she established and served as the clinical lead for the city's first walk-in HIV treatment and prevention program. She is board-certified in addictions and holds specialty certifications for the treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C. Annie earned her Masters of Nursing and Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health, respectively.

Sponsored by

Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS/DPH), Opioid Response Network (ORN), Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA)

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Grayken Center for Addiction TTA is a program of Boston Medical Center (BMC), a 514-bed academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End and the largest safety-net hospital in New England.

Funding for Grayken Center for Addiction TTA is provided by:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)
GE Foundation
Opioid Response Network

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