Office Based Addiction Treatment Training and Technical Assistance (OBAT TTA)

A Resource for Healthcare and Social Services Professionals

Methamphetamine Use Disorder: A Primer for Families

December 16, 2020
7:00 pm–8:30 pm ET

An overview of methamphetamines and how they can affect people who use drugs and their families.

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An overview of methamphetamines and how they can affect people who use drugs and their families. All are invited though the target audience is family members of people struggling with methamphetamine use disorder. We will review the basics of meth, what treatment for methamphetamine use disorder looks like, and the signs and symptoms of methamphetamine overdose (overamping) and what to do if someone you know or love is experiencing it. There will be a presentation followed by an open Q+A.

Event will take place on December 16th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm ET


Intended audience

Family members of people struggling with methamphetamine use disorder


Justin Alves


Justin is a Clinical Nurse Educator for Boston Medical Center's OBAT TTA team, with specific expertise in infectious disease and their co-occurrence with substance use disorders, community outreach, and harm reduction. He serves as an expert on OBAT TTA's SUD Care Continuum ECHO team and sits on the item writing committee for the Addictions Nursing Certification Board. Justin has dedicated his career to caring for patients living with HIV/AIDS and suffering from substance use disorders across the continuum of care. He is an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse, a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse, and a member of the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Justin received his BSN from Northeastern University in 2013 and is currently completing his MSN at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth with a focus in nursing education.


Participants will be able to:

- Describe the effects of methamphetamine use and the risks for methamphetamine overdose.

- Identify evidence-based treatment strategies for patients experiencing methamphetamine use disorder.

- Recognize subpopulations of patients at heightened risk for methamphetamine use disorder

- Evaluate strategies to de-escalate patients experiencing methamphetamine psychosis.

Sponsored by

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Addiction Services

OBAT TTA is a program of Boston Medical Center (BMC), a 514-bed academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End and the largest safety-net hospital in New England.

Funding for OBAT TTA is provided by:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)
GE Foundation

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