Stimulants and Polysubstance Use, Part 2: What Prevention Can Do (Webinar Recording)

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Stimulants and Polysubstance Use
Part 2: What Prevention Can Do
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

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


This webinar will discuss the status of evidence-based prevention services and programs for stimulant and polysubstance use. As part of this discussion, the webinar will review the similarities and differences between stimulant and opioid prevention and the current gaps in stimulant prevention research. The webinar will also discuss harm reduction strategies to address polysubstance use. Lastly, the webinar will provide recommendations for the future and a small group discussion opportunity for participants to share their own best practices.


  • Distinguish between the similarities and differences of stimulant and opioid prevention
  • Recognize the next steps for planning evidence-based interventions for preventing stimulant use
  • Explain the gaps in current stimulant and polysubstance use prevention research
  • Identify potential harm reduction strategies to address risks from 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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