2018 Conference
April 30 – May 2, 2018
The Westin Westminster
Denver, CO

Prevention Strategies for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Pre-Conference

April 30

Prevention Strategies for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Stephanie Bradley and Lee Ann Cook, EPISCenter
As states and communities across the country are urgently addressing the opioid epidemic, it is incredibly important to ensure that key stakeholders understand the role that evidence-based strategies can and should play in their response. This is particularly true for effective upstream prevention and early intervention strategies for youth, where the response can tend toward potentially ineffective or harmful approaches.

In partnership with multiple Blueprints program developers, the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) has been convening an EBP Opioid Workgroup for Pennsylvania. This workgroup has sought to identify and discuss available program research, resources, and strategies to build a strong response to addressing the opioid epidemic. It has also sought to address common concerns raised by providers of evidence based programs such as “How can this EBP address the opioid epidemic if it doesn’t talk about opioids?” and “How do I handle a parent who is in the midst of a substance abuse problem during a parenting group?” Over the course of these discussions, the Workgroup has accumulated a repository of opioid-response resources and identified gaps that remain to be filled.

Join this pre-conference facilitated by the EPISCenter to learn about the Workgroup’s discussions, resources available, effective framing for preventing opioid misuse, and to hear directly from Blueprints developers on how their programs address the opioid issue.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify essential messages for communicating with their stakeholders around preventing youth opioid misuse
  • Learn about substance and opioid focused content and outcomes from a sample of Blueprints programs
  • Learn about current and future opioid focused resources from Blueprints developers and the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter)