Identifying Emerging Drug Trends: The Importance of Using the Latest Data to Inform the Strategic Prevention Framework (Webinar Recording)

Identifying Emerging Drug Trends: The Importance of Using the Latest Data to Inform the Strategic Prevention Framework
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

September 24, 2020, 1-2 PM EST


The substance use landscape is ever changing, and it is vital for substance use preventionists and other stakeholders to have knowledge of the latest trends. This includes knowing which substances are undergoing rising or declining prevalence rates and which populations are experiencing increases or decreasing rates of use, misuse, and abuse. Knowing about these trends is necessary to ensuring that prevention efforts are as responsive and relevant as possible to the people and populations being served. This webinar seeks to provide preventionists with the latest national and state data on emerging drug trends. It will also provide examples of data sources that preventionists can use to verify that these trends are relevant to communities.


  • Describe what national and state emerging drug trend data sources exist
  • Explore the latest emerging drug trends
  • Explain how these trends could impact prevention programming decisions
  • Walk through the local data sources that can verify national and state 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 Patton, MS

Emily 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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