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Forensic Epidemiology: Monitoring Fatal Overdose Trends (Webinar)
February 11, 2020
National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Epidemiologists from three unique medical examiner jurisdictions - North Carolina, New Mexico and Virginia - share their experiences with monitoring drug overdose deaths, trends observed, and how best to utilize medical examiners and coroners data to inform public health policy.
This webinar begins with three subject matter experts sharing their experiences from their respective states.
The first presenter is Alison Miller, MA, who is discussing her North Carolina experience.
She is followed by New Mexico's Sarah Lathrop, DVM, PhD.
Third, Kathrin "Rose" Hobron, MPH, shares her experience in Virginia
The second half of the webinar includes a roundtable discussion concerning the intersection of epidemiology and medicolegal death investigation in drug overdose deaths.
Topics include what your medical examiner-based epidemiologist can do for you, past and present trends in drug overdose deaths, the importance of working partnerships and data dissemination, and more.
Detailed Learning Objectives:
- Describe the potential role of epidemiologists in medical examiner offices and how they can assist in utilizing medicolegal death investigation data.
- Understand current trends in drug overdose deaths as analyzed by three large statewide medical examiner jurisdictions.
- Understand the challenge of balancing state-mandated priorities with research and public health outreach.
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