Christopher Thomas is a survivor of the War on Drugs and a compassionate advocate for evidence-based, harm-reduction strategies that improve the quality of life for people who use drugs and their families. Christopher uses his background in substance use, recovery, peer support, and harm reduction work to identify and navigate peer networks so as to better engage stigmatized individuals into services such as substance abuse treatment, syringe access, and overdose prevention. He has managed the SAP at Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation as a Sr. Health Education Specialist while also conducting HIV/HCV testing, linking clients to care, providing overdose prevention and distributing naloxone. Christopher is currently the Interim Program Manager of the Overdose Prevention Program at Sonoran Prevention Works, providing Overdose Prevention/Harm Reduction/Naloxone trainings and distributing Naloxone Statewide.
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- Harm and stigma associated with substance use and ways to reduce the impact on communities and families
- Substance Use Disorder and the spectrum of substance use and recovery
- Efficacy of the evidence based interventions of Harm Reduction
- Harm Reduction strategies along the continuum of care in the stages of change
- Ways to implement evidence-based harm-reduction strategies in clinical practice and organizations
All faculty, CME Planning Committee members, and the CME office reviewer have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson and Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
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