Substance Use Prevention: How to Make it Work in Your Community

Communities around the country are experiencing challenges in preventing substance use. For some communities prescription drugs and heroin are the major concern while for others it's methamphetamine, synthetics or underage drinking. This webinar with the Association for Community Health Improvement showed research behind substance use prevention and presents a real-life example of how Utah is addressing the opioid epidemic and underage drinking in their state.

Dr. Bethany Deeds, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, provided an overview of how evidence-based prevention can be used to develop policies and interventions to address the needs of our communities. Craig PoVey and Laura Nichols described how a collaborative effort among Intermountain Healthcare, communities and state officials are working to prevent opioid misuse before it starts, increasing physician awareness about prescribing opioids and collaboratively supporting an underage drinking campaign. Jane Sanville from the Executive Office of the President moderated the panel.


  • Moderator: Jane Sanville, MPH, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President
  • Bethany Deeds, PhD, Prevention Branch Chief, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Craig PoVey, MSW, Prevention Administrator, State of Utah, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
  • Lisa Nichols, MSW, Community Benefit Behavioral Health Director, Intermountain Healthcare