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

This webinar series, hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) and the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) respectively provided context and a brief data overview of the opioid epidemic in Black and Hispanic/Latinx communities and opportunities to learn more about strategies to address the opioid epidemic in these 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 first 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. The second webinar, held in a virtual roundtable session brought back three of the original presenters for further conversation. Together, presenters described community-focused strategies to address opioid concerns within their specific community, and shared how culture and language was incorporated in these strategies. Both webinars provided opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the panelists and contribute their own experiences to the conversation as well.

Population of focus: Black, Hispanic/Latinx

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Date: 2019


  • 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.