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Racial Inequities in Substance Use

Michelle Durham, MD, Boston Medical Center

Target Audience
Psychiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and social workers.
Core Competencies as a result of participating in this activity
  • Interpersonal Skills and Communication
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Systems-based practice
Module Description
Untreated substance use disorders contribute to thousands of deaths each year. Although there are treatments available, many communities have not accessed them. The reasons for this are multifactorial including stigma, mistrust, discrimination, racism and criminalization of substance use. This activity will highlight the inequities in substance use treatment including federal and state policies that have influenced the criminalization of substance use. The webinar will include strategies for assessing, diagnosing, and treating substance use disorders in racial and ethnic minorities.
Educational Objectives
  • Define racial inequities and describe their relation to substance use treatment
  • Describe federal and state policies that influenced the criminalization of substance use
  • List and apply strategies for assessing, diagnosis and treating substance use disorders in racial and ethnic minorities with a focus on marginalized communities
Method of participating in the learning process

In order to receive maximum credit, learners must: 

1. Review the materials provided.
2. Complete knowledge-based assessment questions to assess both prior knowledge and knowledge change following the activity
3. Complete an evaluation to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4. Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.* 

*Credit will not be awarded unless all components of the program are completed.  Partial credit will not be awarded.

Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 02/16/2024
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 PA-CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Social Work (ACE) Credit
1 Nursing Credit
The content on this site is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 6H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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