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How Portugal is Solving its Opioid Problem: Takeaways for NJ Communities

November 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Please join us to hear from Stephanie Elias Sarabia, PhD, LCSW, LCADC, on Portugal’s National Drug Control Policy and its perspectives and approaches to addressing substance use. By focusing on public health instead of incarceration, Portugal has stopped an opioid epidemic. According to a New York Times analysis, the number of heroin users in Portugal has dropped from about 100,000 before the law to just 25,000 today. Portugal now has the lowest drug-related death rate in Western Europe, with a mortality rate a tenth of Britain’s and a fiftieth of the United States’.

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About the Speaker:

Stephanie Elias Sarabia, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Ramapo College of New Jersey and Convener of the Minor in Substance Use Disorders. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) with over 25 years experience working in the community from a social justice perspective with people managing mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Sarabia is trained in various research-informed approaches to address substance use such as Motivational Interviewing and Community Reinforcement Approaches.  Dr. Sarabia’s scholarship brings together substance use and social justice as well as its implications for policy and practice.  She has also presented both nationally and internationally on these topics.  Dr. Sarabia is a reviewer for the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions and a  particular area of interest is visiting other countries and learning their perspectives and approaches to addressing substance


For more information, contact Barbara Kauffman at BKauffman@mcpik.org.



November 18, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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