The webinar provides information on how countries can be better equipped and prepared for continued increases in the prevalence, use and risks of synthetic opioids in Europe. It will introduce the European project SO-PREP and its recent findings. Finally, we will present lessons from the situation in North America and Estonia and discuss key factors for improving health systems preparedness for synthetic opioids in the European drug markets.
13:00 – 13:15
SO-PREP: background and relevance of activities to enhance European countries’ preparedness for synthetic opioids.
Presentation by Lisa Strada (Trimbos Institute) + Q&A
13:15 – 13-30
The opioid epidemic in North America: Key lessons for Europe
Presentation by Babak Moazen (Frankfurt University of Applied Science, Germany) + Q&A
13:30 – 13:45
The fentanyl crisis in Estonia: lessons learned
Presentation by Mikk Oja (The National Institute for Health Development, Estonia) + Q&A
13:45 – 14:00
Key lessons of synthetic opioid preparedness from five countries: Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands
Presentation by Inari Viskari (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland) + Q&A
14:00 – 14:15
Final questions and remarks