The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP's) National Heroin Coordination Group (NHCG) is in its second year of implementing the Heroin Availability Reduction Plan (HARP), a five-year federal interagency plan approved by a White House Deputies’ Committee in 2016 to address the heroin and fentanyl problem set. A central feature of implementation is the monthly HARP Implementation webinar series, a forum of unprecedented multidisciplinary data and information sharing among federal public health and law enforcement agencies, state, local, and tribal professionals, the intelligence community, and international partners. This forum of more than 600 professionals will have met 29 times by April 2019. It has been instrumental in the identification of emerging trends, impactful new initiatives, lessons learned, best practices, and gaps and redundancies to improve awareness of the illicit opioid crisis regionally and nationwide.
In this session, panel members will discuss the genesis of the webinar forum, challenges and successes in developing and maintaining interdisciplinary data and information sharing relationships, and key lessons learned as an artifact of participation in this monthly series. The panel will include the Assistant Director for the NOSCG, as well as representatives of NOSCG’s state and tribal implementation partners with expertise in medicolegal death investigation, public health, and law enforcement