This session will present the efforts of three High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) to establish drug abuse early warning systems with two states and one community group that straddles counties in three states. These three efforts are the first in the nation coordinated by the National Emerging Threats Initiative (NETI). The session will showcase tools available at federal, HIDTA, and state levels so attendees can learn how appropriate law enforcement, public health, PDMP, and substance abuse prevention and treatment data are being linked and evaluated to identify emerging drug abuse threats.
Stephanie Thompson will present the work of the New England HIDTA and the state of Vermont to collect existing, multiple data sources that, evaluated together, identify changes in supplies of illicit drugs and prescription-controlled substances; changes in demand for abuse of these same drugs, and changes in overdoses and deaths. She will provide an “in process” overview of this evolving project.
Orman Hall will describes similar work underway by the Ohio HIDTA with the state of Ohio and community organizations. A special focus will be his study of Ohio overdose deaths that shows a 5,556% increase in psychostimulant related mortalities from 2010 to 2017. He also will cover the use of data on wholesale distribution of controlled substances prescription drugs to produce state and county maps showing intensity of distribution of these drugs to pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and medical practices.
Lauren Cummings will explain the collaboration between the Northern Shenandoah Valley Drug Abuse Coalition and the Washington-Baltimore HIDTA to build an early warning system for the northernmost part of Virginia and nearby counties in West Virginia and Maryland. They are looking at drug supplies (drug seizure information from law enforcement and state PDMP databases), drug abuse demand (Community Service Board reports and National Survey on Drug Abuse data), and adverse events from drug use (EMS use of naloxone, overdose deaths, and babies born in neonatal abstinence syndrome). The Winchester Medical Center, the tertiary health care facility in the area, is committed to the coalition and is playing a significant role in this project.
NOTE: This session will lay a foundation of information for the “Launchpad Workshop: How to Develop an Early Warning System for Emerging Threats,” which immediately follows at 2:00 pm (https://goo.gl/j2jJTD).
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.