Webinar: Preventing Opioid Misuse and Opioid Overdose: Moving Upstream

Preventing Opioid Misuse and Opioid Overdose: Moving Upstream


October 31, 2019



The “all hands on deck” call to address the opioid crisis has challenged our efforts to implement primary prevention that complements other efforts to address the crisis across the spectrum of behavioral health care services. This interactive webinar will explore ways to expand prevention to move our work more upstream--beyond preventing deaths from opioid overdoses to preventing the misuse that leads to those overdoses. This webinar will include an overview of 2018 NSDUH data and the risk and protective factors associated with opioid misuse and overdose, as well as a range of promising and evidence-based strategies to consider as part of creating a comprehensive plan to move the work of prevention upstream. The webinar will also explore community mobilization strategies and ways to build additional partnerships.


Learning Objectives

• Describe what is known in the research about risk and protective factors associated with opioid misuse.
• List a variety of interventions that prevent opioid misuse and overdoses.
• List strategies that have strong evidence of effectiveness and those that have emerging or promising evidence.



Kevin Haggerty, MSW, PhD specializes in prevention programs at the community, school, and family levels. For more than 30 years he has focused on developing innovative ways to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities, and schools can better identify, assess, and prioritize customized approaches that meet their needs. He has an extensive research background in the intersection of biological and environmental risks for drug abuse in emerging adults and is an expert on substance abuse and delinquency prevention. Additionally, Dr. Haggerty is an investigator for the Community Youth Development Study, which tests the effectiveness of the Communities That Care program.

Michelle Frye-Spray, MS, CPS is a Project Manager at the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Michelle leverages her passion for upstream prevention with over 25 years of prevention-related experiences working with schools, communities, states, tribal organizations, and jurisdictions. Her skills include training design and facilitation; community capacity-building; and navigating culturally complex communities and systems to oversee the delivery of prevention services that are culturally appropriate and audience-specific.

Alyssa O'Hair, MPH, MA, CPS is a Senior Manager, Workforce Development at the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno. With over 10 years of experience providing training and technical assistance, she currently serves as the Project Director for the Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center, which aims to build the skills of the substance abuse prevention workforce. Alyssa has extensive subject matter knowledge in training and technical assistance provision; public health approach for prevention; community needs assessments; data-driven decision-making; and evaluation design and methodology. 


Webinar Slides

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Additional Resources

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Read Chapter 3 on Prevention Programs and Policies


The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids

Download Document


The Prevention Paradox

View the 4-minute video


Targeting Youth to Prevent Later Substance Use Disorder: An Underutilized Response to the US Opioid Crisis

Download Article


Evidence for State, Community and Systems-level Prevention Strategies to Address the Opioid Crisis

Download Article


Positive Childhood Experiences and Adult Mental and Relational Health in a Statewide Sample: Associations Across Adverse Childhood Experiences Levels

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