Pennsylvania hosts virtual event on psychostimulants

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The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), in partnership with the Liberty Mid-Atlantic High Intensity Trafficking Area (LMA HIDTA) Program, recently held a virtual, two-day Psychostimulant Symposium in Pennsylvania.

More than 400 participants listened to presentations about prevention and education, intervention and treatment, using data to forecast trends, and public safety.

Attendees included health care providers, drug and alcohol providers, emergency personnel, criminal justice professionals, law enforcement members, and stakeholders.

People with stimulant use disorder are often incorrectly diagnosed with a mental illness instead of substance use disorder. In addition, they are more medically compromised, but there are no medications to treat stimulants. Residential behavioral therapies are the only treatment.

“We must be proactive in addressing these trends and work together to ensure individuals are receiving the appropriate services to treat their individual needs,” DDAP Secretary Jen Smith said. “This means educating first responders and law enforcement as to what they can expect when they are called to the scene, ensuring treatment providers and health care professionals can provide necessary care, and educating community stakeholders on proven prevention efforts. Together, we must all do our part.”

This is the second year for the symposium. It brings together the people who address these substance abuses in communities.

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