Stimulants and Polysubstance Use, Part 1: What the Data Shows (Webinar Recording)

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Stimulants and Polysubstance Use
Part 1: What the Data Shows
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

March 28, 2023, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


This webinar will provide an overview of the current scope of stimulant and related polysubstance use in the United States and the states of the Central East region. It will include a review of use and overdose rates, as well as data on availability and accessibility of substances. The webinar will also discuss the differences between the current and prior waves of stimulant use. Finally, it will discuss what is known about the factors driving the current wave of use and data sources prevention professionals can use to obtain additional data.


  • Explain trends in stimulant and polysubstance use and consequences
  • Describe similarities and differences between current and past stimulant use
  • Identify the risk and protective factors for stimulant and polysubstance use
  • Name relevant data sources to learn more about stimulant and polysubstance use


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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