On-demand Webinars

November 8, 2022

Responding to the Fentanyl Crisis—Teaching Youth How to ACT 2 Save a Life


Higher EducationK12


PreventionSpecial OverrideStudent Training


Webinar Details

Fentanyl overdoses are increasing among youth and young adults. Because of the increasing risk of a drug overdose, we developed and implemented a peer-driven overdose recognition and response initiative.

ACT 2 Save a Life  (Ask questions, Call 911, and Take action).

ACT is a health education and health behavior change program based on a Social Cognitive Theory of how people acquire and maintain specific behavioral patterns. The premise of the ACT project is to take advantage of the natural influence that peers can have on each other.

We will discuss the development and implementation of overdose prevention efforts and access and barriers to resources on campus and in the surrounding community.

Learning Objectives

  • Inform attendees how to implement a specific overdose prevention program (ACT 2 Save a Life).
  • Inform attendees how to obtain overdose prevention resources (such as Narcan).
  • Highlight the role of the stigma associated with drug misuse and the challenges to implementing harm reduction strategies.

Additional Resources


Thomas Hall, Ph.D.

Oversees Orange County Government Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery initiatives

His professional experience as a clinician, researcher, and adjunct faculty spans 30 years.
He co-authored the textbook Leading Campus Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention (NASPA, 2021). He co-authored a white paper Addressing E-cigarette Use and Vaping on College and University Campuses (ACHA, 2021) and wrote segments in the following books: Leadership in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention: Insights From Long-Term Advocates (Routledge, 2019); Wellness Issues for Higher Education: A Guide for Student Affairs and Higher Education Professionals (Routledge, 2015); and the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.; Oxford, 2015).

Gabrielle Lynch, M.S.

Gabrielle Lynch, M.S. (she/hers) is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Central Florida. She earned an M.S. in Clinical Psychology at UCF and a B.A. in Psychology from DePaul University.

She is currently the Project Director for ACT like a friend and works as a clinical therapist.

Gabrielle is a member of the Health, Expectancies, and Addiction Laboratory and Substance Use Research Group at UCF. She conducts substance use intervention at the UCF Substance Use Disorders Clinic.

Much of her research focuses on social support and policy change for implementation of support systems in recovery homes and finding social support intervention methods for persons suffering from substance use disorders.

Michael E. Dunn, Ph.D.

Director of the Health, Expectancies, and Addiction Laboratory (HEAL), Founder and Co-Director of the Substance Use Research Group (SURG), Clinical Supervisor for the UCF Substance Use Disorders Clinic, a founding faculty member of the UCF Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, and a Licensed Psychologist (FL #PY5502).

Dr. Dunn is the author of over 200 scientific publications, book chapters, and conference presentations, and his work has been supported by grants from the NIAAA, SAMHSA, and the U.S. Department of Education. Prevention and brief intervention programs based on his research are in use in middle schools, high schools, and universities nationwide.

Dr. Dunn has served as an expert witness and a consultant to universities, school districts, law enforcement agencies, attorneys, and other institutions on substance use issues.

Stephanie Spies

Stephanie Spies has her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling.

She is currently the Manager for Wellness Programs at the University of Central Florida. Her duties include supervising the Nutrition, sexual health and HIV testing, gardening, and substance use prevention services.

She is a certified Wellness and Health Coach and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. Stephanie uses her certifications to provide wellness coaching to UCF students. She is also a certified HIV tester and counselor.

Stephanie supervises the FreshU program, which includes nutrition education around eating healthy, sustainable agriculture, cooking demonstrations, and cooking classes. She is passionate about cooking and developing delicious recipes and inexpensive meals for college students.