The rapidly changing nature of drug abuse can vary from one community to another, from one state to the next, and among the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs). Your area needs a system designed specifically for it.
Attend this workshop to develop a plan to launch an emerging threat initiative for your community, state, and/or HIDTA. Experience how to build an early warning system of impending drug abuse so everyone can prepare and act. Stop just re-acting after new trends have gripped your community, state, and HIDTA.
At this workshop, you will learn from people in the midst of developing state and local emerging threat initiatives. They will advise how to take advantage of their knowledge and experience, as well as the data tools they are using. Topics will include:
• Identify existing data sets and who has access.
• Engage with partners who oversee these data sets to be part of the initiative.
• Understand that incomplete or partial data sets may be all that is available (e.g., data gaps may exist or methodology may have changed).
• Make the best use you can with what you have to work with.
• Utilize the data to work with partners in public health, public safety, and other areas to develop a process for dissemination of information, and process for action steps to emerging threats.
This workshop is a chance to launch an early warning system that your area needs. You will begin designing a plan for your community, state, and/or HIDTA. You will have the opportunity to compare your plan with others, see how they blend, and make plans to work together when you return home. The moderator and presenters will be available for your questions throughout.
NOTE: This workshop will build upon information presented during "A Comprehensive, National Emerging Drug Threat Initiative: An Early Warning System for the Country,” which precedes the workshop at 12:30 pm (https://goo.gl/E56okR).