Central East Webinar Series: Preventing Drug Overdoses
Part 1: The Importance of Overdose Prevention and Introduction and Overview of Key Considerations
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Lauren Pappacena, MSW
This is part one of a four-part webinar series hosted by the Central East PTTC that focuses on preventing drug overdoses.
With rates of drug-involved fatal overdoses rapidly increasing nationwide and in the Central East Region, it is ever more important that preventionists continue and expand overdose prevention efforts. This webinar serves as an introduction to overdose prevention for preventionists new to the topic or interested in learning more about current overdose data and the key considerations for addressing overdoses. This webinar will also introduce topics such as expanding access to overdose reversal medications, training and collaborating with first responders, and addressing risk factors for overdoses, which will be further discussed in future webinars.
- Provide the goals of this four-webinar series
- Explain the importance of evidence for prevention
- Use SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to walk through the five key steps to evidence-informed strategic planning
- Share supportive SAMHSA resources
Josh 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 training and technical assistance to numerous organizations at the Federal, state, and local level. 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, 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 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.