Prevention and the COVID-19 Pandemic, Part 1: Impacts of the Pandemic (Webinar Recording)

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Prevention and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Part 1: Impacts of the Pandemic
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

January 26, 2022, 1-2:30 PM EST


This webinar will review all the known impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that are relevant to substance use prevention professionals. It will review impacts that directly affect prevention organizations including reduced surveillance capacity, lack of access to populations in need, and changes in staff professional and personal lives, among others. The webinar will also discuss the latest research on the impact of the pandemic on risk and protective factors for substance use. It will also discuss how the pandemic led to changes in state policies, such as expanding alcohol home delivery, that may become permanent and may impact substance use risk. Lastly, the webinar will review the available data on trends in substance use and its consequences since the start of the pandemic.


  • Review the impact of COVID-19 on the capacity of prevention
  • Understand how the pandemic has increased risk of substance use
  • Discuss the effects of state policy changes regarding legal substances
  • Summarize the available data on substance use and its consequences in 2020


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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