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Webinar: Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

Webinar: Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose

A Conversation with CDC Experts

March 7, 2022 | 1-2:30 PM EST

Join us on March 7th for a webinar to discuss key strategies to preventing opioid overdose with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Over 800,000 people have died from a drug overdose since 1999 [1]. Provisional data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics shows that there were over 100,300 drug overdose deaths in the United States from April 2020 - April 2021, a nearly 30% increase from the year prior [2]. Given this increase in overdose deaths across the U.S., it is more important than ever to understand the evidence-based strategies that are available to address opioid use disorder in our communities.

Dr. Jennifer J. Carroll, a dual trained medical anthropologist and public health researcher, and Michelle Putnam from the CDC’s Division of Overdose Prevention will discuss designing and implementing effective opioid overdose prevention strategies, including targeted naloxone distribution, the importance of medication for addiction treatment (MAT), syringe service programs, and more.


Dr. Jennifer J. Carroll, PhD, MPH is a dual trained medical anthropologist and public health researcher with expertise in substance use, substance use behaviors, overdose prevention, and the impacts of various drug policies on communities and individuals in the United States, Ukraine, and Russia. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at North Carolina State University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University. She also holds an appointed position as the Public Policy Specialist on the Durham Community Safety and Wellness Taskforce. Her research has been supported by the CDC, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. In 2020, her book, Narkomania: Drugs HIV and Citizenship in Ukraine, was awarded the AWSS Barbara Heldt Prize for the best book by a scholar in any academic discipline on Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian societies.

Michelle Putnam, MPH has been with the Division of Overdose Prevention since January 2017 and has served as Team Lead for the Division’s Office of Policy, Planning, and Partnerships since 2018. Prior to joining NCIPC she worked for FHI 360 as a communications contractor with the Office of the Associate Director for Policy focusing on policy initiatives related to social determinants of health. She has also held policy positions at various state-based non-profits, including Hemophilia of Georgia and HealthSTAT, which she counts as very valuable boots-on-the-ground experience. Michelle earned her Master of Public Health at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and her BA at Georgia State University.

To learn more about the CDC’s strategies and to access the full report, Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose: What’s Working in the United States, click here.

With questions, contact Haley Tenney at


1 Wide-ranging online data for epidemiologic research (WONDER). Atlanta, GA: CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2020. Retrieved from

2 Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. Top 100,000 Annually. Atlanta, GA: CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2021. Retrieved from


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