Preventing Drug Overdoses (Webinar Series) Part 4 of 4: Addressing Risk Factors for Overdoses (Webinar Recording)

Central East Webinar Series: Preventing Drug Overdoses
Part 4:
Addressing Risk Factors for Overdoses

Josh Esrick, MPP & Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

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September 10, 2019, 1-2 PM EST  |  View series page  |  View all Central East series


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

The safest way to prevent a drug overdose from becoming fatal is by preventing the overdose from occurring at all. This webinar will overview upstream prevention strategies intended to address underlying risk factors for overdoses and reach the populations most vulnerable to experiencing them. This includes engaging in standard substance use prevention and understanding the many connections between substance use and overdose prevention.


  • Review the key risk factors for overdoses
  • Walk through key risk assessment questions for individuals
  • Describe strategies to serve populations most vulnerable to overdoses
  • Discuss potential harm reduction strategies for reducing overdose rates


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 training and technical assistance to numerous organizations at the Federal, state, and local levels. 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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