Identifying and Responding to Emerging Drug Trends, Part 1: What the Data Shows (Webinar Recording)

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Identifying and Responding to Emerging Drug Trends,
Part 1: What the Data Shows
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

June 23, 2021, 1-2:30 PM EST


This webinar will provide a broad overview of the most recent data on emerging drug trends in the Central East region and around the United States, including what is known about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other topics, it will cover the current status of the opioid epidemic, changes in cocaine and methamphetamine use and consequences, and underage alcohol and vaping product trends. The webinar will also discuss why it is important for prevention professionals to be aware of the most recent trend data and provide the latest information on the causes behind these emerging trends.


  • Explain the importance of understanding emerging drug trends
  • Explore what is known about the impact of COVID-19 on use trends
  • Summarize the latest emerging trend data for the region and the nation
  • Highlight the latest information on the causes behind these trends


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 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.


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