Prevent Underage Drinking & Substance Abuse

Public registration is now closed. If you are a member of a police force, please click here to add your name to the waiting list. We are currently working on opening up more spaces and will contact you if a seat becomes available. Thank you!

For additional information, please email LEConference@PreventionWorksCT.org or call 860-523-8042.


It is a complex crisis that does not have one root cause, nor does it have simple
solution, but we need to do everything in our power to treat and prevent it.

                                                                          - Governor Dannel P. Malloy on the opioid epidemic in Connecticut                                                                               Co-chair, The Governor's Prevention Partnership

Law Enforcement and Prevention Professionals are encouraged to attend this FREE conference that will provide insight into applied best practice methodologies and share innovative approaches to support law enforcement in combatting the opioid crisis affecting families and communities throughout Connecticut.

Participants will have the choice of attending two workshops presented by officers, police chiefs, and public and private officials where they will gain a better understanding of practices in the field.  An optional informational session falls immediately after the conference on NARCAN.

POST Credits will be available to members of law enforcement attending the conference.


Schedule at a Glance*

7:00 am-8:00 am        Registration, Breakfast and Networking

8:00 am-9:00 am        Opening Plenary and Keynote Remarks (See keynote speakers                                         and biographies below)

9:05 am-10:35 am      Session I Workshop (Select one workshop from this list)

10:40 am-12:10 pm    Session II Workshop (Select one workshop from this list

12:15 pm-1:45 pm      Lunchtime Panel Discussion: Officer Wellness; Closing

2:00 pm-2:30 pm        Optional. Post-Conference Informational Session: NARCAN

                                                                                                                                     * Subject to change

We have reached capacity. Registration is now closed. Please click here to add your name to the wait list.


Keynote Speakers

Chauncey Parker

Chauncey Parker is the Director of the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program, a federally-funded program that invests in federal, state and local law enforcement partnerships designed to build safe and healthy communities. He also serves as an Executive Assistant District Attorney and Special Policy Advisor.  A veteran of more than 30 years in criminal justice, Mr. Parker began his career in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, serving for five years.  He next served for 10 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Parker left the Southern District to serve for five years as the Director of Criminal Justice for New York State and Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services under Governor George E. Pataki, where he oversaw all state criminal justice agencies, including the New York State Police, New York State Department of Correctional Services and New York State Parole.  Mr. Parker is a member of the Board of the Joyful Heart Foundation. He is a graduate of Rollins College and Duke Law School.

Rita K. Noonan, PhD

Rita K. Noonan, PhD, is a sociologist and Branch Chief in CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention.  Dr. Noonan and her staff oversee the $125M Overdose Prevention in States (OPIS) initiative, a combination of prevention, intervention, and public health surveillance programs to reduce opioid-related overdose across the United States. Dr. Noonan works closely with several High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs), managing the public health component of ONDCP’s Heroin Response Strategy that links public health and public safety across 22 states.  She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship and a MacArthur Fellowship.