Tuesday, June 27th


 9:00 am — 10:00 am

The Progression of Pharmaceuticals to Synthetic Drugs – The Evolution of a Predictable Drug Abuse Threat

10:50 am — 11:30 pm

Keynote: Joseph Rannazzisi, RPh., JD

This presentation guides the participant through three decades of prescription drug abuse, the relationship between prescription opioids and heroin, and the appearance of synthetic drugs in the illicit marketplace as a replacement for traditional drugs of abuse.

Stories of Recovery: Families Matter

11:30 am — 12:00 pm

Patty McCarthy Metcalf, MS (Moderator)
Donald McDonald, MSW, LCAS, Recovery Communities of N.C.
Mike & Becky Cannon, JCANS Foundation and Community Activists
Chase Holleman, Caring Services

Breakout Sessions I

1:15 pm — 2:30 pm


Session A: The Coalition of Model Opioid Practices in Health Systems
Jai Kumar, MPH
Hugh Tilson, JD, MPH
Julia Wacker, MSW, MSPH

Session B: Naloxone Saves: Naloxone Distribution and Reversals in North Carolina
Mary Beth Cox, MPH
Loftin Wilson

Session C: Law Enforcement’s Role in Recovery: LEAD, TASC, and the HOPE Initiative
Melissia Larson, NCHRC
Chief Thomas Bashore, Nash County
Dale Willetts, CCJP, (TASC)

Session D: Preventing Opioid Misuse and Overdose Death Through Legislation and Policy
Therese Castillo, NCHRC
Steve Mange, JD, Attorney General’s Office

Session E: Intersection of Prevention and Recovery
Patty McCarthy Metcalf, MS (Moderator)
Jessica Dicken, MSW
Chris Campau

Session F: What’s Working in NC: PFS Site Successes
Chelsea Bullins, MPA (Moderator)
Bryan Austin
Tammy Brunelle, MA, CHES
Sarah Dergins, (MSW Candidate)
DeShay Oliver, MPH
Ayeshan Parker, MS
Aja Pass, MA
Julia Phelps
Major Joel Shores, Cleveland Co. Sheriff’s Dept.

Networking Break

2:30 pm — 3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions II

3:00 pm —4:15 pm


Session A: Alternatives for Pain Relief + Telemedicine in Rural NC (ECHO)
Sherri Green, Ph.D., LCSW
Carl Seashore, MD, UNC Pediatrics

Session B: Meaningful Engagement in Overdose Prevention in Corrections
Catherine (Kay) Sanford, MSPH
Joe Prater, MPA

Session C: Empowering Youth as Partners in Policy Change and Advocacy
Dana Mitchell, MPA, CPS (Moderator)
Haley Demers
Grace Roy
Zac Demers

Session D: What’s Next? Post Overdose Response: Engaging and Supporting Survivors
Michael Page, NCHRC
Jessie Garner, NCHRC
Jarryd P. Rauhoff, Fayetteville PD

Session E: The Hows and Whys of MAT: The best treatment for OUD.
Blake Fagan, MD, MAHEC
Kenny House, LCAS, CCS
Dr. Don Teater, MD, MPH

Session F: Western NC (WNC) Substance Use (SU) Alliance: Strategies to Address Substance Use (Prevention Through Treatment) Across 23 Counties
Brian Ingraham (Moderator)
Craig M. Martin, MD, DLFAPA, ABAM Diplomate
Shannon Dowler, MD

Networking Break

4:15 pm — 4:30 pm
Wednesday, June 28th


8:30 am — 9:00 am

Law Enforcement-Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Programs

9:30 am — 9:40 am

Donnie Varnell, Dare County Sheriff’s Office investigator
and NCHRC Special Law Enforcement Projects Consultant

Thriving In Recovery (Stories of Recovery II)

9:40 am — 10:30 am

Donald McDonald, MSW, LCAS, (Moderator)
Chris Budnick
Karen Kranbuehl
Kurtis Taylor
Jesse Bennett

Networking Break

10:30 am — 11:00 am

Breakout Sessions III

11:00 am — 12:15 pm


Session A: Media Campaigns: Effective Engagement for Everyone
Craig PoVey, MSW (Moderator)
Melinda Pankratz, Ph.D., MPH

Session B: Beyond Syringe Exchange Legalization: Building Comprehensive Harm Reduction in NC
Lillie Armstrong, MPH
Christie Caputo, MPH
Colin Miller, BS

Session C: An Introduction to CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means: Gatekeeper Training)
John Paul Jameson, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Kurt Michael, Ph.D.
Susan Robinson, M.Ed.

Session D: Working with Prescribers on Reducing Overprescribing
Ashwin Patkar, MD, MRCPsych, DFASAM
Bryant Murphy, MD, MBA, (N.C. Medical Board)

Session E: Introduction to Community Resilience Model: Addressing Stress, Trauma, and Addiction
Ann DuPre Rogers, LCAS
Katie Goetz, LPC, LCAS

Session F: Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace
Laurie Cluff, Ph.D., (RTI)

Networking Lunch

 12:15 pm — 1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions IV

1:30 pm — 2:45 pm


Session A: Community Benefit & State Prevention System: An Opportunity for Collaboration in Substance Misuse Prevention
Craig PoVey, MSW
Prevention Administrator Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Session B: The “War on Drugs” and the Criminal Justice Reform
Lorenzo Jones (Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice)

Session C: Tracking and Measuring the Epidemic: Using Data as a Prevention Tool
Scott Proescholdbell, MPH (DPH IVPB) (Moderator)
Anna Dulaney (Carolina Poison Center)
Zack Moore, MD, MPH (DPH Community Disease)
Melinda Pankratz, Ph.D., MPH (DMH PFS Grantees Tracking)
Tony Fernandez (EMS)
Lana Deyneka, MD, MPH (NC DETECT)
Alex Asbun (CSRS)
Ruth Winecker, Ph.D., (OCME)
Tammy Norwood (VDRS)

Session D: Injection Drug Use Risk Beyond Overdose (HIV/HCV)
Jacquelyn Clymore, MS, (Division of Public Health)

Session E: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP): “Opioids and Suicide: Community Approaches to Addressing Linked Epidemics”
Mark Wolfson, Ph.D.
Suzanne Mizsur-Porter
Dr. Margaret R. Rukstalis

Session F: Evaluating CSAP’s National Efforts to Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse: Lessons Learned
Phillip Graham, DrPH, MPH, (RTI)

Networking Break

2:45 pm — 3:00 pm