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Emerging Drug Trends (Webinar Series) Part 2 of 4: How to Obtain, Interpret, and Respond to Local Data
Collaborating TTC: Central East PTTC
May 23, 2019

Central East Webinar Series: Emerging Drug Trends
Part 2: How to Obtain, Interpret, and Respond to Local Data

Josh Esrick, MPP, and Lauren Pappacena, MSW

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May 23, 2019, 1-2 PM EST  |  View series page  |  View all Central East series


This is part two of a four-part webinar series hosted by the Central East PTTC that focuses on emerging drug trends.

With national- and state-level data indicating new emerging trends in the substance use landscape, it is important for preventionists to understand the extent to which these trends are impacting their communities and respond accordingly. This webinar describes the most frequent sources of local-level substance use data, common barriers to obtaining or interpreting the data, and potential strategies to overcome these barriers. It will also discuss how to incorporate changes in the prevention landscape into a comprehensive prevention approach.


  • Review the regional emerging trends identified in Part 1 of this webinar series
  • Define what local-level substance use data can be and potential sources for obtaining data
  • Identify common barriers to obtaining local-level data and strategies for success
  • Overview strategies to adapt prevention approaches to emerging trends


Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing T/TA to numerous organizations. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.

Lauren Pappacena, MSWLauren Pappacena, MSW is a Research Associate with Carnevale Associates. Lauren has a background in criminal justice and juvenile justice research specifically as it relates to evidence-based programs and practices spanning criminal justice topics, including corrections, law enforcement, reentry, and courts. Currently, she assists with training evaluations for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the PTTC, where she brings her experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis and data visualization. With a strong interest in policy analysis, research translation, data collection, and analytic writing, Ms. Pappacena is published in the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work for her analysis of national early-release laws.


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