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Prevention and the COVID-19 Pandemic Part 1: Impacts of the Pandemic

January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly all aspects of life and society, including risk factors for substance use and the capacity of prevention professionals to address them. While data remains limited, available evidence suggests that substance use and its related harms significantly increased since the start of the pandemic. This two-part webinar series will review the full scope of known impacts of the pandemic on the prevention field and substance use landscape. It will also discuss strategies and provide recommendations for addressing these impacts and improving services post-pandemic. Part two will also provide a platform for participants to share their experiences and lessons learned in small group discussion.


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




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