This two-part COSSAP webinar series will include a presentation on the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and RTI International’s work to support states and local jurisdictions in identifying and addressing the impact of stimulants in communities across the country that some experts believe represents the fourth wave of the overdose epidemic. During a two-day COSSAP virtual meeting earlier this year, PERF and RTI International brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to highlight innovative and collaborative programs and practices to prevent and respond to the use of stimulants (RTI Stimulant Workshop Report.pdf).
Based on the panels and audience discussions, several key recommendations were identified for state and local agencies, including law enforcement, in order to improve responses to stimulants. These recommendations, which will be discussed in more detail during this webinar, include:
Part one of the webinar series will focus on the identification and tracking of stimulants in the illicit drug supply as well as deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs, and part two will focus on recommendations related to the community-based components of stimulant response.