Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Black and Hispanic/Latinx Communities

This webinar, held on August 28, 2019, was hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Office of Behavioral Health Equity and Justice-Involved (OBHE). The webinar provided context and a brief data overview of the opioid epidemic in Black and Hispanic/Latinx communities. Presenters highlighted examples of innovative strategies to prevent and treat opioid misuse and addiction by researchers, practitioners, and community members working in communities with a high proportion of Black and Hispanic/Latinx populations facing opioid misuse and addiction.

The webinar featured four presenters, each representing a unique role within the behavioral health field and working in geographically diverse communities to end the opioid epidemic. Presenters described community-focused strategies to address opioid concerns within their specific community, and shared how culture and language was incorporated in these strategies. Following the presentations, Dr. Larke Nahme Huang, SAMHSA OBHE Director, facilitated a Q&A discussion.


  • Andre L. Johnson, M.A.
  • Mary Langley, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, ICPS
  • Pierluigi Mancini, Ph.D.
  • Ricardo Cruz, M.D., M.P.H.

Population of focus: Black, Hispanic/Latinx

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Date: 2019

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