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2018 Opioid Forum – NCCAA

North Carolina Community Action Association

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This day-long event will address North Carolina's battle with opioid addiction, as well as, prevention, education and possible solutions to reduce or eliminate our state's opioid epidemic.  A community-wide resource fair that is free to the public will begin at 2 p.m. and will include service providers who partner in reduction and treatment efforts.

As our state faces this epidemic that devastates already struggling low-income communities we must learn best practices and connect with others who are doing this work in order to continue to stay true to the promise of community action as we help people help themselves and each other.

Statewide forum on opioid scourge launches in Asheville - NCCAA press release, Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC


9:00 - 10:30 am
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Blake Fagan, Chief Education Officer of Mountain Area Health Education Center

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10:30 am - 12:00 pm
UNCTV Production: “A Crisis: North Carolina’s Opioid Battle”
Film Features: Attorney General Josh Stein, Secretary of State Dr. Mandy Cohen, Chief of Police Tom Bashmore from Nashville, NC, Robert Schurmeier with the NC Bureau of Investigation, NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Casey, William Baxley with the US Drug Enforcement Agency, leading healthcare professionals and people across NC recovering from addictions.

12:00 - 2:00 pm
Lunch Panel Discussion
Moderated by Sonya Greck, MSN, RN, Mission Health’s Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health, Safety Net, Community Investment & Facilities.  Panelists include: Chief Hollingsed of the Waynesville Police Department, Jan Shepard, Public Health Director with the Buncombe County Health and Human Services Department of Health, Anne Seaman, Natasha Penland, and Barry Hendren, Assistant Fire Chief, Asheville Fire Department

2:00 - 4:00 pm
Resource Fair with area participating vendors
Open to the public


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