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Registration (Day 1)

9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Welcome, Special Remarks, and Introduction

10:00 a.m. — 10:20 a.m.

  • Kody Kinsley, NCDHHS

    Kody Kinsley, MPP — Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & IDD, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Morning Keynotes

10:20 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

  • NC Opioid Summit Mandy-Cohen NCDHHS Secretary

    Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD — North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

  • NC-Governor-Roy-Cooper-500x500

    N.C. Governor Roy Cooper

  • Admiral James Winnefeld

    ADM. James “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., USN (Ret.)

    Retired U.S. Navy admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr. speaks about the impact of the opioid crisis on his family after the loss of his 19-year-old son Jonathan to an overdose, and how that tragedy motivated them to fight the epidemic. Whether it was seeking treatment, getting answers, or understanding the nature of the disease – Mary and Sandy Winnefeld knew there needed to be a different solution to help other families facing the same journey with substance use disorder. SAFE Project connects with communities, campuses, law enforcement, medical groups, treatment programs, and others to advance best ways to fight the opioid crisis. He explains how SAFE Project created programs such as SAFE Campuses and SAFE Communities, and leads efforts that are unifying, non-partisan and evidence-based.

Networking Lunch

12:00 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions I

1:15 p.m. — 2:15 p.m.

Networking Break

2:15 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions II

2:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Networking Break

3:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions III

4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception & Group Activity

5:15 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.

Group Activity Details: TBD

Registration (Day 2)

8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.

Morning Plenary Session I

9:00 a.m. — 10:10 a.m.

  • Mark Benton, DHHS Deputy Secretary for Health Services

    Mark Benton — DHHS Deputy Secretary for Health Services

  • NC Opioid Summit Josh Stein NC Attorney General

    Josh Stein, MPA, JD, NC Attorney General

  • Bertha Madras, Professor of Pscyhobiology and Drug Abuse Expert

    Bertha Madras, Professor of Pscyhobiology and Drug Abuse Expert

    Introduction By: Dr. Carrie Brown

    The Opioid Crisis: Made in America…Fade in America

    The opioid crisis is a uniquely American challenge. Many factors catalyzed this national nightmare and others continue to fuel it. This presentation will delve into some of the major contributors, offer recommendations for reducing this deadly public health problem, and describe challenges for implementation. How the United States stumbled into a series of imprudent decisions is instructive for two reasons: it is feasible to “reverse-engineer” past mistakes and it’s important to be aware of the lessons learned a cautionary tale for other drug classes. The initial stimulus, overprescribing of pain-killers can be reversed, albeit with thoughtful actions. Responses cannot remain stagnant, however, as emerging threats continue to challenge old premises. Illicit fentanyl and heroin now are the two leading contributors to overdose deaths. Supply solutions clearly would differ from those involving prescription opioids. But universal principles of alternatives for pain management, evidence-based treatment, rescue, and long term recovery support can be applied to those with an opioid use disorder regardless of opioid categories. Nonetheless, challenges to implementation abound, ranging from resistance to change, scalability, effective transitions for patients, and reluctance to engage, either in providing or seeking treatment.

Networking Break

10:10 a.m. — 10:25 a.m.

Morning Plenary Session II

10:25 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.

  • Monique Tula

    Monique Tula — Harm Reduction Coalition

    Introduction By: Virgil Hayes — Harm Reduction Coalition

    Conditions of Possibility: Harm Reduction as a Pathway to Responsibility

    A national overview of the current state of opioid addiction in the US that will highlight the stigma and barriers to care experienced by people who use drugs and discuss potential solutions.

Networking Break

11:15 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions IV

11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions V

1:45 p.m. — 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break and Transition

2:45 p.m. — 2:50 p.m.

Closing Plenaries, Announcements, and Updates

2:50 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Facilitated By: Alan J. Dellapenna, Jr. RS, MPH
Branch Head of the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB), North Carolina Division of Public Health

Tuesday, June 11th

Registration (Day 1)

9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Welcome, Special Remarks, and Introduction

10:00 a.m. — 10:20 a.m.

  • Kody Kinsley, NCDHHS

    Kody Kinsley, MPP — Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & IDD, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Morning Keynotes

10:20 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

  • NC Opioid Summit Mandy-Cohen NCDHHS Secretary

    Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD — North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

  • NC-Governor-Roy-Cooper-500x500

    N.C. Governor Roy Cooper

  • Admiral James Winnefeld

    ADM. James “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., USN (Ret.)

    Retired U.S. Navy admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr. speaks about the impact of the opioid crisis on his family after the loss of his 19-year-old son Jonathan to an overdose, and how that tragedy motivated them to fight the epidemic. Whether it was seeking treatment, getting answers, or understanding the nature of the disease – Mary and Sandy Winnefeld knew there needed to be a different solution to help other families facing the same journey with substance use disorder. SAFE Project connects with communities, campuses, law enforcement, medical groups, treatment programs, and others to advance best ways to fight the opioid crisis. He explains how SAFE Project created programs such as SAFE Campuses and SAFE Communities, and leads efforts that are unifying, non-partisan and evidence-based.

Networking Lunch

12:00 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions I

1:15 p.m. — 2:15 p.m.

Networking Break

2:15 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions II

2:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Networking Break

3:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions III

4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception & Group Activity

5:15 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.

Group Activity Details: TBD

Wednesday, June 12th

Registration (Day 2)

8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.

Morning Plenary Session I

9:00 a.m. — 10:10 a.m.

  • Mark Benton, DHHS Deputy Secretary for Health Services

    Mark Benton — DHHS Deputy Secretary for Health Services

  • NC Opioid Summit Josh Stein NC Attorney General

    Josh Stein, MPA, JD, NC Attorney General

  • Bertha Madras, Professor of Pscyhobiology and Drug Abuse Expert

    Bertha Madras, Professor of Pscyhobiology and Drug Abuse Expert

    Introduction By: Dr. Carrie Brown

    The Opioid Crisis: Made in America…Fade in America

    The opioid crisis is a uniquely American challenge. Many factors catalyzed this national nightmare and others continue to fuel it. This presentation will delve into some of the major contributors, offer recommendations for reducing this deadly public health problem, and describe challenges for implementation. How the United States stumbled into a series of imprudent decisions is instructive for two reasons: it is feasible to “reverse-engineer” past mistakes and it’s important to be aware of the lessons learned a cautionary tale for other drug classes. The initial stimulus, overprescribing of pain-killers can be reversed, albeit with thoughtful actions. Responses cannot remain stagnant, however, as emerging threats continue to challenge old premises. Illicit fentanyl and heroin now are the two leading contributors to overdose deaths. Supply solutions clearly would differ from those involving prescription opioids. But universal principles of alternatives for pain management, evidence-based treatment, rescue, and long term recovery support can be applied to those with an opioid use disorder regardless of opioid categories. Nonetheless, challenges to implementation abound, ranging from resistance to change, scalability, effective transitions for patients, and reluctance to engage, either in providing or seeking treatment.

Networking Break

10:10 a.m. — 10:25 a.m.

Morning Plenary Session II

10:25 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.

  • Monique Tula

    Monique Tula — Harm Reduction Coalition

    Introduction By: Virgil Hayes — Harm Reduction Coalition

    Conditions of Possibility: Harm Reduction as a Pathway to Responsibility

    A national overview of the current state of opioid addiction in the US that will highlight the stigma and barriers to care experienced by people who use drugs and discuss potential solutions.

Networking Break

11:15 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions IV

11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions V

1:45 p.m. — 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break and Transition

2:45 p.m. — 2:50 p.m.

Closing Plenaries, Announcements, and Updates

2:50 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Facilitated By: Alan J. Dellapenna, Jr. RS, MPH
Branch Head of the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB), North Carolina Division of Public Health