Emerging Drug Trends in the South Southwest

SSW Meth Brief
Emerging Drug Trends in the South Southwest

In this webinar, presenters Josh Esrick and Emily Patton of Carnevale using national and state data sources to describe emerging substance use trends in the South Southwest region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas). They also explain how the extent and impact of these trends can vary by state due to geographic, demographic, and cultural factors. They explore preventionist's role in addressing emerging substance use trends before they prove damaging. Select the View Resource button above to watch the recording. Below are the supplemental materials for this webinar.



Emily Patton, MSc., Pg.Dip., is a Research Associate with Carnevale Associates, LLC. She offers over nine years of expertise in data analysis, program management, and evaluation. Under the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), she provides data analysis, programmatic support, and training and technical assistance (TTA) for multiple contracts that serve youth and families in the district. She also serves as a research associate with the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network (PTTC) Central-East region. In this role she provides expertise in substance use prevention, mental health, and program management. Prior to joining Carnevale Associates, she worked for CSR Inc., serving as the lead analyst for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which is the largest source of federal justice funding in the country under the direction of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Emily holds a Master of Science with Merit in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh. 



Josh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates, LLC. Mr. Esrick has extensive experience researching, writing, evaluating, and presenting on substance use prevention and other behavioral health topics. He has developed numerous Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Prevention Technology Transfer Center and Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ products and trainings. Among other projects for SAMHSA, he has helped write annual Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting reports, conduct evaluations of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grants, and wrote the monthly Financing Focus for the Center for Financing Reform and Innovation. Mr. Esrick has also published in the International Journal of Drug Policy on considerations surrounding marijuana legalization and in Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy on the modern usage of fear-based prevention messaging. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Masters of Public Policy from George Washington University.

May 5, 2021
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