While prevalence of reported substance abuse was lower since before the onset of the pandemic, youth substance abuse remains an important health concern, according to a NASBE analysis. For instance, overdose mortality rates among adolescents spiked during the pandemic, rising by 94 percent in 2020, largely due to illicit fentanyl. State health and education leaders have options for supporting effective, evidence-based prevention strategies that address risk factors for substance abuse.
Join us June 14 at 3-4 pm ET to hear experts present data on youth substance abuse and mortality rates, how these risk-taking behaviors connect to the mental health crisis, and state actions to mitigate and support prevention of risk-taking behavior.
Featured speakers on this webinar:
- Marci Feldman Hertz, Associate Director of Program Implementation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Overdose Prevention
- Ioana Ungureanu, Senior Analyst of Public and Behavioral Health Integration, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
- Hanaleah Hoberman, Senior Advisor, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
- Joseph Hedger, NASBE (as moderator)
Development and presentation of this session was supported by cooperative agreement CDC-RFA-PS18-1807 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The opinions, findings, and conclusions do not necessarily represent the views or official position of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.