Are you a community provider who treats Veteran patients with opioid use disorder (OUD)? Are you concerned about opioid use during the pandemic?

You’re not alone! Join our Dec. 17 webinar on lifesaving medications for OUD along with VA initiatives that support community providers treating Veterans with OUD.

VHA is a national leader in in Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND), and is committed to supporting access to lifesaving medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD). During this webinar, you’ll learn about resources available to support provision of lifesaving naloxone and MOUD to Veterans.

Webinar Information

Target Audience(s): Community providers and healthcare teams

Title: Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment, Naloxone, and Overdose and Suicide Prevention


  • Elizabeth Oliva, Ph.D., VA National Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) coordinator, VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, and investigator, VA Center for Innovation to Implementation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA.
  • Joseph Liberto, MD, VA National Mental Health director, Substance Use Disorders, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Baltimore, MD.

Date: Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. ET.


  • Describe Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Medications for OUD (MOUD).
  • Describe Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND).
  • Discuss relations between OUD, overdose and suicide.
  • Describe specific interventions to address the relations between OUD, overdose and suicide.

Access: Register in VHA TRAIN. Webinar will be recorded and placed in VHA TRAIN for later viewing.


  • AAPA: CME Credits
  • AACME – Non-Physician AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • ACPE – Contact Hours/Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Credits
  • ANCC: Contact Hours Continuing Nursing Education
  • APA: Continuing Education Credit
  • ASWB: Continuing Education Clock Hours
  • Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education (JA IPCE)
  • NYSED SW: Continuing Education Clock Hours

Over 260,000 Veterans have received naloxone from VA

VA has distributed lifesaving naloxone to over 260,000 Veterans with over 1,500 reported overdose reversals with naloxone. Although rates of MOUD are increasing, only a little more than 40% of patients with OUD in VHA receive such treatment, with substantial variation across VA facilities and patient characteristics.

This webinar is part of VA’s commitment to ensuring community providers and healthcare teams are aware of resources available to support provision of lifesaving naloxone and MOUD to Veterans.

Barbara Plantt is an outreach coordinator for the VHA Office of Community Care.

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Published on Dec. 8, 2020

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  1. orville w anderson December 8, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I took Hydrocodone and Tramadol from 1992-2017 for pain from a injury I incurred in a accident in Desert Storm/ Desert Shield. In April 2017 I had a knee replaced by a non VA doctor and when I went to the VA for my yearly check up in May my Doctor flipped out when she found out I had been taking, these pills for that long and pulled them off of me cold turkey, no help no whining me off just straight straight stop cold turkey no more pills, I told her I was not abusing the pills as was was driving school bus and was getting checked for drugs and alcohol by the DOT random checks 2 times a year and never failed a test. This did not matter to her. Well to end this the doctor put me in for a 2-3 month ride to hell. I went threw withdraws like no others, no sleep, night sweats, nightmares but I had a strong wife that helped out, I also had my best kill himself because of opioid problems and it hurt his family. I went and saw a VA Doctor in Mason City and he has helped me out. Im hoping to get into C&P for a review for PTSD.

  2. Mark Guard December 8, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    I wonder how many Vets are suffering with pain and it’s not being treated. Pain is not just a symptom it is a condition that needs to be treated. The pendulum always swings one way to the other and the Veteran is subject to it’s direction. I wonder how many Vets first took an opoid prescribed by the VA, how many became addicted, and then cut off by the very same institution.

  3. James J Neal December 8, 2020 at 1:11 pm




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