Prevention and the COVID-19 Pandemic Part 1: Impacts of the Pandemic

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Date: January 26, 2022 Blank space (transparent) for table Format: Webinar Blank space (transparent) for table Contact Hours: 1.25 NAADAC
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Prevention and the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar and Learning Lab Series



The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly all aspects of life and society, including risk factors for substance use and the capacity of prevention professionals to address them. While data remains limited, available evidence suggests that substance use and its related harms significantly increased since the start of the pandemic. This two-part webinar series will review the full scope of known impacts of the pandemic on the prevention field and substance use landscape. It will also discuss strategies and provide recommendations for addressing these impacts and improving services post-pandemic. Part two will also provide a platform for participants to share their experiences and lessons learned in small group discussion.



This webinar will review all the known impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that are relevant to substance use prevention professionals. It will review impacts that directly affect prevention organizations including reduced surveillance capacity, lack of access to populations in need, and changes in staff professional and personal lives, among others. The webinar will also discuss the latest research on the impact of the pandemic on risk and protective factors for substance use. It will also discuss how the pandemic led to changes in state policies, such as expanding alcohol home delivery, that may become permanent and may impact substance use risk. Lastly, the webinar will review the available data on trends in substance use and its consequences since the start of the pandemic.



  • Review the impact of COVID-19 on the capacity of prevention
  • Understand how the pandemic has increased risk of substance use
  • Discuss the effects of state policy changes regarding legal substances
  • Summarize the available data on substance use and its consequences in 2020



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 training and technical assistance to numerous organizations at the Federal, state, and local levels. 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Emily PattonEmily Patton, MSc, PgDip, holds a Masters of Science in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh. She offers significant professional experience in the fields of public policy development and analysis, criminal justice research, data collection and analysis, program development, and performance management.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


In order to be eligible for the 1.25 NAADAC contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in the Adobe Connect Room.

Certificates must be requested within one week of the event and will be processed within 30 days.

If you are having issues accessing the room/application at the time of the event: Please email [email protected] at the start of the webinar so that we can assist you.


Starts: Jan. 26, 2022 1:00 pm
Ends: Jan. 26, 2022 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
January 26, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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