Emerging Drug Trends (Webinar Series) Part 1 of 4: Understanding What National and State Data Tells Us (Webinar Recording)

Central East Webinar Series: Emerging Drug Trends
Part 1: Understanding What National and State Data Tells Us

Josh Esrick, MPP, and Lauren Pappacena, MSW

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March 26, 2019, 1-2 PM EST  |  View series page  |  View all Central East series


This is part one of a four-part webinar series hosted by the Central East PTTC that focuses on emerging drug trends.

The landscape of substance use trends is ever changing and it is important for preventionists to be aware of emerging trends and prepare to address them before prevalence becomes widespread. This webinar describes the key national sources of substance use trend data and discusses in detail the emerging trends occurring nationwide and in the Central East region, covering substances such as: opioids, cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana, tobacco, and non-opioid prescription drugs. This webinar will also introduce topics such as identifying and using local data sources, the role of prevention over the lifecycle of an epidemic, and balancing emerging trends with ongoing epidemics, 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, 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 T/TA to numerous organizations. 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, MSWLauren 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 the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (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.


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