Free Community Presentation on Substance Use Services for Youth

The Corner Health Center and Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS) are co-hosting a free presentation on substance use among adolescents and young adults. The training, entitled “From Opiate Overdose to Vaping to Marijuana Use: The Spectrum of Substance Use in Adolescents and Young Adults,” is open to the public and will be held at the Ann Arbor City Club located at 1830 Washtenaw Avenue on Thursday, March 24 from 8 – 10 a.m.

Dr. John Hopper, an addiction medicine and internal medicine physician at St. Joseph Mercy Health System, and Adreanne Waller, MPH, an epidemiologist at the Washtenaw County Public Health Department, will present. The presentation will include information on the risks and brain effects of substance use during adolescence, prevention and treatment strategies, and local data.

“Experimenting with substances is a common part of growth and development during adolescence and for some people it leads to a bad trajectory,” stated Dr. Hopper who also provides care for young people at the Corner Health Center. “It’s important to understand experimentation in relation to a young person’s genetics and environment.”

Opioid overdose is the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. In 2015, there were 49 opioid overdose deaths among Washtenaw County residents, nine of which were young people under the age of 25.  “The more a substance is available and accepted the more people are going to be vulnerable,” stated Dr. Hopper. “Societal attitudes around medications has a big impact on those at risk for addiction including youth.”

Representatives from local organizations that support young people with substance use needs will be present at the training to share resources with attendees. A continental breakfast will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to register with the WCMS office at YmNoYW5kbGVyQHdjbXMtbWkub3Jn. This is the second session in a series of adolescent health presentations that the Corner is offering in celebration of its 35th anniversary.

More about the Corner Health Center:

The Corner Health Center’s mission is to provide judgement-free, high-quality, affordable health services to young people aged 12 through 25. The Corner is a nonprofit organization located in downtown Ypsilanti. In 2015 the Corner Health Center and Ozone House began a partnership to provide substance use services to young people. The new initiative, called the Engagement Program, screens young people for substance use and connects them to care including mental health therapy and medical treatment. To learn more about the Corner or to refer a patient, visit www.cornerhealth.org

More about Washtenaw County Medical Society:

Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS) is a nonprofit organization of physicians of all specialties throughout Washtenaw County. WCMS members include over 1,200 practicing and non-practicing physicians of all specialties throughout Washtenaw County.  The Society works with the Michigan State Medical Society to advocate, educate and lead. Learn more at www.wcms-mi.org.


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