The Opioid Epidemic: How Small and Large Communities Can Make an Impact

As a city or county administrator, you’ve seen and heard it all. Opioid use affects all of the departments you administer: public safety, facility management, transportation, fire and emergency services, community and economic development. If your job is to provide your community with vital information and tools to combat opioid addiction and its effects on the community, you are invited to this live webinar on the opioid epidemic where you will learn helpful information about:

  • Creating coalitions to work together across sectors
  • Developing ordinances and places for safe drug disposal
  • Establishing drug diversion task forces
  • Training for first responders in the use of naloxone (Narcan) for reducing opioid overdoses
  • Using drug courts to fight opioid addiction and trafficking
  • Creating referral programs through law enforcement agencies
  • Disseminating information about state laws that encourage intervention
  • Building awareness about your state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP).
  • Hosting community mobilization events to put tools into the hands of every community sector

ICMA’s president-elect Lee Feldman will facilitate this live webinar along with Marty Harding, director of training and consultation from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, a support organization offering prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults. Also joining the webinar are:

  • Edward Augustus, city manager of Worcester, MA, who will share his best practices and successes of battling the opioid epidemic.
  • Dr. Marie Peoples, chief health officer for Coconino County Public Health Services District located in Arizona, who will present effective ways public health officials are battling the epidemic throughout the country.

Marty Harding

Director of Training and Consultation, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Ms. Harding is the Director of Training and Consultation at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.  She has been mobilizing communities throughout the country for the past 40 years, most recently concentrating on helping communities find solutions to the opioid epidemic.

Edward Augustus

City Manager, Worcester, MA

The City manager of Worcester, MA, Mr. Edward Augustus, is a native of Worcester who has spent more than 20 years in public service. He is a former Massachusetts State Senator and was the youngest person elected to the Worcester School Committee. He most recently worked as Director of Government and Community Relations at the College of the Holy Cross. He also teaches a course on public administration at Clark University.

Marie Peoples

Chief Health Officer, Coconino County Public Health Services District

Dr. Marie Peoples is the Chief Health Officer for Coconino County Public Health Services District located in Coconino County Arizona. Dr. Peoples began her career as a substance abuse therapist within Missouri’s correctional system and worked within several of Missouri’s prisons with a variety of offender demographics and rehabilitative programs.

Lee Feldman

City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mr. Lee Feldman is currently the City Manager for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; a position he has held since June 2011. He is the president of the International City and County Management Association and has served as the president of the Florida City and County Management Association and was named the Florida League of Cities’ “City Manager of the Year” in 2006.  Mr. Feldman is a member of the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council; serves as Chair of the National League of Cities’ City Futures Panel on Public Finance; serves as a member of the National League of Cities Steering Committee on Public Safety and Crime Prevention and Advocacy; chaired the International City and County Management Association’s Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee and serves on the Association’s Sustainability Advisory Group and has served on the Association’s Task Force on Community Tools for Ending Racism. Additionally, he teaches newly elected municipal officials the principles of finance and taxation in Florida and is frequently called upon to speak to professional groups on a variety of municipal issues.


Open to view video.
Open to view video. 90 minutes
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available