Emerging Drug Trends (Webinar Series) Part 3 of 4: The Life Cycle of Epidemics and the Roles of Prevention (Webinar Recording)

Central East Webinar Series: Emerging Drug Trends
Part 3:
The Life Cycle of Epidemics and the Roles of Prevention

Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

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July 25, 2019, 1-2 PM EST  |  View series page  |  View all Central East series


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

The role of prevention has expanded in recent years. This has stemmed from research learning more about the risk and protective factors for substance use and the types of strategies that can be effective. As well as from the rising prevalence of issues related to substance use, such as overdoses, that prevention is often tasked with addressing. This webinar discusses the numerous roles that prevention can take and how they can change over the course of the life cycle of a substance use epidemic. It also reiterates the importance of having a holistic, comprehensive approach to prevention that attempts to address the underlying causes of substance use.


  • Review the stages of the life cycle of an epidemic
  • Discuss how the role of prevention can change over time
  • Discuss the importance of balancing these changes with maintaining a comprehensive prevention approach
  • Walkthrough the importance of collaboration at all the stages of an epidemic


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.

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.

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