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Webinar Announcement
October 22nd

Webinar Today! 
The Youngest Victims of the Opioid Epidemic:  Law Enforcement’s Role in the Response

October 22, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., ET.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) leadership, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) team, invites you to this no-cost webinar. 

Please register to reserve your spot!
About the Webinar
The opioid crisis and its effect on children present an ongoing challenge and are exacerbated by numerous factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, that can amplify a range of challenges for individuals, their children, and their families. Law enforcement and other first responders can make a difference to mitigate such situations that affect families by taking steps to protect drug-endangered children. First responders, particularly law enforcement, are in a unique position to help identify and divert children to community-based treatment and other services, thus diverting children away from the negative consequences of exposure to drug use. Such steps, also known as law enforcement-led deflection (or law enforcement-led diversion), can have significant effects in identifying and addressing the needs of children exposed to and endangered by the presence of illegal drugs (or their manufacture, distribution, etc.) in their lives and homes.

During this webinar, the presenters will:
  • Define “drug endangered children” and associated risk factors.
  • Describe the impact of the opioid crisis on drug endangered children and their families.
  • Identify three ways law enforcement and community-based organizations can collaborate in their response to drug endangered children.
Hope Fiori, MPPA, TASC’s Center for Health and Justice
Nikki Munoz, MA, TASC’s Center for Health and Justice
Scott Henderson, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
Stacee Read, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
Jac Charlier, MPA, TASC’s Center for Health and Justice (Facilitator)

Special Guests
Chief Michael G. Yaniero, Director, Jacksonville, North Carolina, Department of Public Safety
Lieutenant Eric Nation (Ret.), National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
Want to get involved in the growing field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion?
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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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