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Wednesday, October 14th

Upcoming Strategy Area Calls:
Community, Diversity, & Equity 
Thursday, October 22nd from 1-2pm ET
Call-in # 620-712-2422
PIN: ‪‪493 405 492‬#
Google Meet:

Contact the Co-Chair: Peria Duncan,
Learn more.

Upcoming "Conversations with the Field":

Session II: Stigma Reduction
Save the Date: Wednesday, December 9th from 1-2:30pm ET
Contact the Co-Chair: Mariel Hufnagel, 
Learn more.

PTACC's Virtual "Conversations with the Field"
Next Week! Session I: Community, Diversity and Equity Strategy Area
October 28th at 1pm ET join the Community, Diversity, and Equity Strategy Area. For the first in a series of PTACC's “Conversations with the Field.” This roundtable will allow for local community leaders, residents, advocates, family members, and people with lived experience to discuss their role in deflection. This strategy area works together to apply their voices, knowledge, and perspectives to program implementation, with a strong focus on parity across all demographics. Register here.

Sesame Street: Parental Addiction: Responding with Care
Sesame Street in Communities, PTACC, & National DEC
Sesame Street in Communities, PTACC, and National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) recently joined for a webinar discussing new approaches and strategies for first responders working with families struggling with addiction and substance abuse. There will be a watch party and Q&A with National DEC Staff and Jessica Trimboli on Tuesday, October 27 from 1:30-3:30pm ET. Join the watch party or view the recording

Research Report: Society for the Study of Addiction
Is Cannabis being used as a substitute for non‐medical opioids?
Some studies have suggested that Cannabis legalization might have led to a decrease in opioid overdose deaths but do not provide information about whether individuals are substituting Cannabis for opioids at different points in time. The current study assessed the magnitude of the daily association between Cannabis and opioid use in individual adults with and without pain who use non‐medical opioids. The odds of opioid use appear to be approximately doubled on days when Cannabis is used. Read the study

CDC: National Center for Health Statistics
Increase in Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Cocaine: 2009–2018
Deaths from drug overdose continue to contribute to mortality in the United States. The rate of drug overdose deaths involving cocaine has nearly tripled in recent years. This Data Brief provides additional information on drug overdose deaths involving cocaine by examining trends in rates by sex, age group, race and Hispanic origin, and by concurrent involvement of opioids from 2009 through 2018. Review the data brief


Did you see it?

Law Enforcement and Public Health (LEPH): Accepting applications for their March 2021 conference

Naloxone One-Pager: First Responders Can Safely Administer Naloxone during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Download it here

Opioid Overdose Crisis Compounded by Polysubstance Use
In the first half of 2018, nearly 63% of opioid overdose deaths in the United States also involved cocaine, methamphetamine, or benzodiazepines, signaling the need to address polysubstance use as part of a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic. Efforts to reduce opioid overdose deaths should incorporate strategies to prevent, mitigate, and treat the use of multiple substances. Fact sheet. 
Want to get involved in the growing field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion?
Then join a PTACC Strategy Area

Check It Out! The PTACC National Pre-Arrest Diversion Resource Website.

PTACC is the NATIONAL voice of the pre-arrest diversion field and provides vision, leadership, advocacy, and education to facilitate the growth and practice of deflection and pre-arrest diversion across the United States.
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