Next-of-Kin Interviews

Publication Date: 3/16/2022

A next-of-kin interview provides an in-depth look at how someone lived, their social supports and the circumstances that lead to an overdose death.  Next-of-kin interviews are tools overdose fatality reviews (OFRs) can use to expand their understanding of the life experiences of a decedent and identify non-traditional touchpoints or systems that may not be represented by the OFR members.  This webinar will give participants an overview of a next-of-kin interview, explain the importance of a next-of-kin interview, and discuss new available resources for the field to support the use of next-of-kin interviews.


  • Lauren Savitskas, M.P.H., Senior Research Associate, IIR (Moderator)
  • Megan Broekemeier, M.P.H., C.H.E.S, Office of the Medical Examiner, Utah Department of Health (Presenter)
  • Melissa Weisel, MSW, LCSW, MSM, New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) (Presenter)
  • Mallory O'Brien, M.S., Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor, BJA, COSSAP, Consultant IPA, CDC (Welcome)


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