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Dangerous and Deadly: Understanding Rx Drug and Heroin Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is a growing trend. Following marijuana and alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter drugs have become the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older. The process of becoming dependent on prescription drugs can begin easily and often, innocently.

What You Will Learn

  • How the pathway from addiction to prescription opioids such as Vicodin and Oxycontin may open the door to heroin abuse.
  • Common methods individuals use to obtain prescription drugs and tips to identify patients who may be abusing prescription drugs.
  • Insights about the potentially lethal effects of mixing prescription drugs and alcohol and illicit drugs.
  • Challenges that arise in treating addiction to prescription opioids and/or heroin.

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Meet the Trainer

Karen Wolownik Albert, LCSW
Executive Director

Gateway Lake Villa

With more than 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience, Karen Wolownik Albert is continuously working to improve the treatment experience for adults and teens.

Karen has been a member of the clinical team at the Gateway Treatment Center in Lake Villa since 2010. As an innovative leader Karen directs the quality of care and program development of residential programs for adult men and women, as well as specialized programs for young men.

Karen holds her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

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