Drug Trends in the Great Lakes Region: What Are They and How Do We Address Them?

This 90-minute webinar will explore changes in drug use trends in the Great Lakes region and how prevention professionals can integrate the new and evolving data into their existing prevention work. The most up-to-date information on trends in alcohol, cannabis, opioid, and other drug use in the Great Lakes region will be presented. Additionally, we will discuss how these changes may impact everything from the existing priorities, strategies, data needs, and partnerships.   




  • Describe changes in current substance use patterns and behavior.
  • Describe how priority risk and protective factors may shift due to changing drug trends.
  • Recognize the impact of shifting use and consumption patterns on prevention strategies and partnerships.
  • Explain the importance of incorporating emerging drug trend into ongoing strategic planning.





Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training. 





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Josh Esrick, MPPP

Josh Esrick is the Chief of Training and Technical Assistance at Carnevale Associates, LLC. Mr. Esrick has over ten years of experience researching, writing, evaluating, and presenting on substance use prevention and other behavioral health topics. He is an expert in providing training and technical assistance (TTA) in substance use, having overseen the development of hundreds of TTA products for numerous clients, including six of SAMHSA’s ten regional Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTCs), the PTTC Network Coordinating Office, the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTC), and SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). These trainings and products have covered a wide range of topics, including strategic planning, data collection and analysis, and identifying evidence-based prevention interventions for youth. In addition to TTA, Mr. Esrick has directly provided many of these services to behavioral health agencies and other entities. He has published several academic journal articles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University.


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Erin Ficker, MPAff, CSPS

Erin Ficker serves as a prevention manager for the Great Lakes PTTC. For more than 16 years, Erin has worked in substance abuse prevention supporting communities to use evidence-based strategies and data-driven processes in substance abuse prevention planning and implementation.  She works with community level prevention practitioners and schools in the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of prevention interventions.



The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Starts: Feb. 15, 2024 1:00 pm
Ends: Feb. 15, 2024 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
February 15, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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