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The Ongoing Opioid Epidemic Part 2: Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead

June 14 @ 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 discuss evidence-based prevention interventions for opioids and review the lessons learned thus far from the epidemic. It will summarize use and overdose prevention best practices, including the role of harm reduction beyond naloxone distribution. The webinar will also discuss strategies for polysubstance use prevention and the need for further studies. Lastly, the webinar will overview the importance of collaboration and the ways key stakeholders can support opioid prevention efforts.


  1. Review evidence-based and promising practices for preventing opioid use and overdoses
  2. Discuss opportunities for improving polysubstance use prevention
  3. Overview strategies for expanding opioid prevention collaborative activities
  4. Explore other lessons learned from the opioid epidemic




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