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The Unequal Impact of the Opioid Epidemic in the African American Community: Insights for Psychiatrists

Looking Beyond is an education tool for mental health practitioners and social service providers alike. This session is part of a comprehensive series aiming to shed light on the unique challenges faced by key populations bearing the burden of substance use disorders and mental illness, supporting the theme of incoming APA President Dr. Petros Levounis. Dr. Levounis who has prioritized addiction psychiatry, focusing on vaping, opioids, alcohol and technology.


Recorded Webinar

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the barriers and challenges to implementing evidence-based prevention and treatments, such as education, naloxone distribution and recovery support services, in community settings.
  • Discuss current data on substance use and overdate rates and how to enhance the timeliness and specificity of data on drug use, addiction and overdose data to allow tailoring of approach to the opioid epidemic in minoritized communities.
  • Examine the complex intersection of race, socioeconomic status, and systemic disparities in healthcare that contribute to the disproportionate burden of the opioid epidemic on the African American community.

Target Audience

Medical Students, Residents/Fellows, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, other mental health professionals

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Program Start Date: February 8, 2024
Credit Claim Date: February 8, 2027

How to Earn Credit

In support of improving patient care, American Psychiatric Association (APA) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Planning Committee and Faculty Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Faculty Disclosures

  • David Tompkins, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director, Division of Substance Abuse and Addiction Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine. Reports financial relationships with Clinilabs Inc, Alkermes Inc, Worldwide Clinical Trials as a consultant. 
  • Denis Antoine, MD, Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • Myra Mathis, MD, Medical Director for Addiction Psychiatry Services, University of Rochester Medical Center. 
  • Oluwole Jegede, MD, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Medicine. 

Planning Committee

  • Regina James, MD, Chief and Director of Divison of Diversity and Health Equity at APA. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 02/08/2027
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit
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