Registration Open for MHA Wound Care Summit

March 22, 2024

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Registration is now open for the Regional Harm Reduction and Xylazine Wound Care Summit at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron, N.Y., on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

This free event, which will run from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., is co-hosted by the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, the Northeast and Caribbean Opioid Response Network, and the Columbia School of Nursing in New York City. It includes a light breakfast and lunch.

“The summit provides an opportunity to further your knowledge and experience regarding wound care for people who use substances,” the MHA said in a release. “While especially relevant for friends, family members, and the staff of hospitals and rehabilitation centers, all are welcome.”

Xylazine is a non-opioid sedative or tranquilizer, not approved for use in people, being used as a cutting agent for heroin and other street drugs. When not fatal, it can cause skin sores and infections so severe they require amputation.

The principles and concept of harm reduction will be explored, providing participants with an accepting, compassionate, and kind way to support people in the community who use substances.

The discussion will cover topics such as the risks associated with xylazine use, best practices for identifying and treating wounds, conventional strategies for improving engagement in wound care among people who use drugs, and harm reduction-focused resources and recommendations for enhancing their health. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of experts, collaborate with their peers, share their experiences, and even practice wound care intervention.

CASAC and Social Work CE credits are available, and CNE credits are pending.

Any questions can be addressed to [email protected].

With limited seating, registration is required.

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