CDC Power Session: Latest CDC Data: What They Tell Us & What This Means for Prevention Strategies and Approach

10:45 AM
12:00 PM
National Harbor 10-11


The latest CDC data show continued declines in youth substance use.   However, overdose deaths among adolescence are increasing at a fast rate given the illicit marketplace.  Mental health challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic further elevate adolescent risk.  As a result, there is a need to modify prevention approaches to meet this current reality. This session will focus on the latest prevalence and trends in youth substance use as well as the relationship between substance use and risk factors such as ACEs and mental health.  The session will end by discussing how to this work can inform new approaches to our youth prevention activities.

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss latest data and trends related to youth substance use.

2. Identify opportunities for new prevention activities.

3. Leverage the latest data and current evidence to inform youth substance use prevention strategies.


Christopher Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH
Acting Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Grant Baldwin, PhD, MPH
Director of the Division of Overdose Prevention
Center for Disease Control and Prevention