Stimulants and Polysubstance Use Part 2: What Prevention Can Do

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Date: March 30, 2023

Time: 1 PM—2:30 PM ET

Format: Webinar 

Cost: FREE

Contact Hours: 1.25 (Certificate of Attendance and Social Work/Counseling CEUs provided by the DBH Training Institute)



Stimulant use and its consequences are a growing problem across much of the United States. Prevalence and fatal overdose rates were already increasing prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and available data suggest these trends have worsened in the years since. Polysubstance use, particularly of opioids mixed with stimulants, has furthered increased the risks of use. This two-part webinar series will discuss the current data on these topics and evidence-based services prevention professionals can implement to address them. It also reviews risk and protective factors for stimulant use and how this current wave differs from past waves of stimulant use.



This webinar will discuss the status of evidence-based prevention services and programs for stimulant and polysubstance use. As part of this discussion, the webinar will review the similarities and differences between stimulant and opioid prevention and the current gaps in stimulant prevention research. The webinar will also discuss harm reduction strategies to address polysubstance use. Lastly, the webinar will provide recommendations for the future and a small group discussion opportunity for participants to share their own best practices.



By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between the similarities and differences of stimulant and opioid prevention
  2. Recognize the next steps for planning evidence-based interventions for preventing stimulant
  3. Explain the gaps in current stimulant and polysubstance use prevention research
  4. Identify potential harm reduction strategies to address risks from polysubstance use



Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP 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.



Emily Patton, MSEmily 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 the contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in Zoom.

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.



If you are in need of any special accommodations, please notify the Central East PTTC Webinar Team three weeks in advance of the event, or as soon as possible, by emailing [email protected].

Starts: Mar. 30, 2023 1:00 pm
Ends: Mar. 30, 2023 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
March 28, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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