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Webinar: Fentanyl in Treatment Courts

Friday, July 16 | 2:00 p.m. EDT

NADCP’s National Drug Court Institute Drug Court U is presenting a free webinar event on what treatment courts and others need to know about fentanyl to better serve participants. The live webinar is presented by pharmacology expert Steve Hanson. 

America’s opioid crisis continues to take a toll on communities across the country in the form of overdoses and deaths. The Centers for Disease Control attributes these casualties largely to illegally manufactured fentanyl. Armed with the latest information, treatment courts are well positioned to act against the fast-acting and dangerous substance in their communities. 

The webinar offers a comprehensive overview of fentanyl, including its:

  • Pharmacology
  • Variations
  • Medical use
  • Street availability
  • Overdose prevalence¬†
  • Treatment implications

About the Presenter

Steve Hanson, M.S. Ed., is the associate commissioner for courts and criminal justice for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). He is responsible for relationships with the various criminal justice entities, including treatment courts, state and local corrections, and probation and parole. Previously he served as the associate commissioner of treatment for OASAS, with responsibilities for the oversight of state-operated treatment programs, adolescent services, criminal justice, and recovery services. Mr. Hanson has been with OASAS since April 2001, when he was appointed as the director of the John L. Norris Addiction Treatment Center in Rochester. In 2007, he was named director of the Bureau of Addiction Treatment Centers, and in 2009 he was named director of treatment services. He has more than 35 years of experience in the field as a treatment provider, educator, and consultant. His ability to train criminal justice practitioners on drug abuse and treatment has been recognized both nationally and internationally. He has been a NADCP faculty member for nearly two decades.