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Making the Case for Prevention, Fighting the Opioid Epidemic (part of the "Opioid Crisis: A Public Health Webinar Series")

Event Dates
All times are Eastern Time unless noted otherwise.
Event Duration
1 hour

This webinar focuses on universal and primary prevention efforts to address prescription drug misuse and abuse; and the use of innovative analytic techniques to evaluate their effectiveness.

The current response to the opioid epidemic has appropriately focused on treatment and the prevention of overdose deaths. Prescription drug misuse (PDM) among young people is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States; after alcohol, prescription drugs are second only to marijuana as the drugs most abused by teens. PDM refers to the use of licit drugs to treat pain, attention deficit disorder, or anxiety without a prescription; in a way other than prescribed; or because of the feelings the drugs may elicit (National Institutes of Health, 2011). In 2011, youth age 12–24 accounted for approximately 23% of emergency room visits involving nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals. Since 2003, more deaths have been due to opioid analgesic overdoses than to heroin and cocaine combined.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this course or difficulty with login or registration, contact the Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence.

Event Type
Event Option(s)
Online, On demand
NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (RTI International)
Phillip W. Graham, DrPH, MPH
RTI International's Drugs, Violence, and Delinquency Prevention (DVDP) Research Program
Elvira Elek
Center for Justice, Safety and Resiliency
Registration Status
Free and open to all. ​
Date Created: September 26, 2017