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The Ongoing Opioid Epidemic Part 1: The Current Landscape

June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Opioid use and its consequences remain a serious problem across the United States. Prevalence rates remained high prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many trends have worsened since the pandemic began. The opioid landscape continues to shift due to changes in demand and supply, the social determinants of health, and other risk and protective factors. Prevention professionals should identify and understand these changes in their communities and react appropriately. This two-part webinar series will provide an overview of opioid trends and their causes in the Central East region and around the United States. It will also discuss the implications for the prevention field and provide an overview of evidence-based prevention interventions.


This webinar will provide a broad overview of opioid trends in the Central East region and nationwide, including what is known about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will review changes in use and consequences, and ongoing shifts in substance preferences. As part of this, the webinar will discuss the increasing frequency of polysubstance use and its impact on prevention. Lastly, the webinar will review the latest research on the social determinants of health and other risk and protective factors.


  1. Summarize the latest opioid use and consequence data
  2. Explore the known impacts of COVID-19 on opioid trends
  3. Highlight the latest information on polysubstance use
  4. Review research on opioid risk and protective factors




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