2021 People's Opioid Summit Sessions

SCHEDULE

*Subject to change if necessary

 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6

Main Stage Breakout 1 Breakout 2 Breakout 3
Opening Ceremony
9:15 AM Prenatal & Women’s Care – Elisabeth Johnson, Hendrée Jones, and Carl Seashore of UNC Horizon (90 min)  Equity in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – Dr. Shuchin Shukla (90 min)
11:00 AM Expanding Access to Naloxone in North Carolina – Pharmacist Amanda Isac (45 min)  NAMI In Our Own Voice: From Honor Roll To Heroin – Erin Badahur of NAMI (45 min) 
12:00 PM Keynote Presentation: Impact of Opioid Misuse in NC & $750 million settlement plans with NC AG Josh Stein (15 Min)
12:15 Message from TPOS Chair Marilyn Shannon (15 min)
12:30 PM LUNCH BREAK (30 min)
1:00 PM Supporting Our Students: Understanding The In and Out of Collegiate Recovery – Kristina Canfield of Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) (40 min)  Creativity & Recovery – Windi White of Healing Transitions (30 min) What Does the Rapid Response Team do? – Nicole Singletary and Courtni Wright of the PORT Team (30 min) 
1:30 PM Not only part of a team but a community of support – Shane Willis of The Carolina Hurricanes (20 min) You Can’t Tell A Book By Its Cover – A Former Sex Workers Why – Gina Musa of UNC IPRC (30 min) How the U.S. Attorney’s Office is working to combat the opioid epidemic that is here in North Carolina and across the country – JD Koesters Asst. United States Attorney (10 min + Q&A)
2:00 PM Community Mental Health Services through EasterSeals UCP of NC&VA – Marcie Boyes, Anthony Gibson, Elizabeth Gaylord and Amelia Lower of EasterSeals (60 min) The many faces of Addiction & Recovery– Sue Polston, Tansia Boyd, Justin Wright, Samantha Bradley, Lance Karner, and Coutney Lytle of Sunrise Community for Recovery & Wellness (30 min) Talk It Out NC – Jeff Strickland and Rodney Poole of Talk It Out NC (60 min)
2:30 PM Lock Your Meds – Holly Carter of CINC (30 min)
3:15 PM NIH HEAL Initiative: Tackling the Opioid Crisis through Science and Community – Rebecca Baker of NIH HEAL (30 min) Come Together, Right Now – Donald McDonald of All Sober (30 min)
4:00 PM We Are The Answer To Ending America’s Addiction Crisis – Ryan Hampton of Recovery Advocacy Project (45 min)

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 7

Main Stage Breakout 1 Breakout 2 Breakout 3
Day 2 Opening
9:15 AM JoCo Angels – Serving the Addiction Community in Johnston County – JoCo Angels ( 60 min) Starting where the client is: Harm reduction guidelines for clinical practice in the addictions – Sheila Vakharia of Drug Policy Alliance (60 min)
10:30 AM Human Resources and Addiction: Supporting Employees and Organizations with Compassion – Teri Harrell, Molly Lukes, and Kathleen O’Grady (60 min) Legislative Updates – Anna Godwin & Erin Day of CINC (60 min) Perception Training – Romie & Gregory Nottage of Streets Team Enterprises (60 min)
11:45 AM The USA Flip to the Portugal Model & Fentanyl Poisoning – Dan Schneider, Carol Egan, Alan Welder, Allie Hunter, Deanna Brooks, John Shinholser (90 min) More Than Naloxone: How Harm Reduction Philosophy Can (and should) Guide Work with PWUD – Colin Miller of Twin City Harm Reduction (30 min)
Employment-Based Recovery Services – Elizabeth Butler of StepUp Durham (90 minutes)
12:15 PM Panel Discussion: Financial, Legal & Insurance Impacts of having a loved one with addictive behaviors – Michael Lewis, Adria Gross, Erin Edgar (60 min)
1:15 PM LUNCH BREAK (30 min)
1:45 PM Poly Substance Use – Anna Godwin & Erin Day of CINC (60 min) Recovery High Schools Should be EVERYWHERE – Mary Ferreri of Emerald School of Excellence (40 min)

Not only part of a team but a community of support – Shane Willis of The Carolina Hurricanes (20 min)

How to Motivate your Loved One into Treatment – Dr. Eric Morse of Morse Clinics (60 min)
3:00 PM Homicide, Overdose, and Grief – Scott Bass & Frieda MacDonald (45 min) Social Media Access to Substances – Doug Green of CINC (45 min) Self Medication Trends and Addiction– Aynisa Leonardo of Wellbridge Addiction Treatment and Research (45 min)
4:00 PM Wrapping Up – Sue Polston of Sunrise Community for Recovery & Wellness and TPOS Chair Marilyn Shannon (30 min)
Closing Performance

Learn more about the presentations, seminars, workshops, and more that will take place at the 2021 People’s Opioid Summit.

Caring for women with opioid use disorders and their children: Evidence-based treatments in real world settings

Learning Objectives: Examine the role of medication to treat opioid use disorders during pregnancy and the post-partum period Identify at least three ways to help support pregnant people in treatment and recovery Define attachment and its role in the long-term development of children living with parents who use substances

Community Mental Health Services through EasterSeals UCP of NC&VA: Easterseals UCP

Easterseals UCP provides a wide range of services to help children and adults living with mental health and substance use issues, along with their families.  
 
In our presentation, we will review some of these services available, including but not limited to the following: Outpatient Treatment, Intensive In-Home Treatment, Multisystemic Treatment, Family Transition Support Services, Assertive Community Treatment, Community Support Teams, and Employment Services. 
 
In addition, we can also share some exciting updates about our partnerships with the Wake/Durham/Johnston school systems, the Department of Public Safety and their Juvenile Justice Systems, and the Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health partnerships in Wake and Durham. 
 
We also hope this time together will be a supportive and informative space where we can answer some of your questions about what services may be best for your needs and how to get started with services for you or your family members.
 
Speakers:
Marcie Boyes, MSW, QP (ESUCP Intake Supervisor)
Amelia Lower, MEd, LCMHC, NCC (ESUCP Program Manager)
Anthony Gibson, MS, QP (ESUCP Program Manager)
Elizabeth Gaylord, LPA, LCAS, CCS (ESUCP Program Manager)

Expanding Access to Naloxone in North Carolina

This session will provide an overview of efforts to expand access to naloxone across North Carolina. We will also briefly review how to respond to an overdose, including the administration of naloxone.

Lock Your Meds NC: Holly Carter - Community Impact North Carolina

Fifty-three percent of people who misuse prescription medications get them from friends and family. Learn the five steps that you personally can take to prevent prescription drug misuse.

NIH HEAL Initiative: Tackling the Opioid Crisis through Science and Community: Rebecca Baker, PhD - NIH HEAL Initiative

This presentation will provide an overview of the NIH HEAL Initiative and discuss how the initiative is engaging individuals with lived experience to ensure the research is informed by the needs and concerns of the communities affected by the pain and opioid public health crises.

Perception Training: Romie & Gregory Nottage - Downtown Streets Team

Romie & Gregory Nottage have over two decades in combined experience in working with marginalized populations. One of the most constant themes revolves around how we perceive others, and how that perception can have a profound – and often detrimental – impact on people as they travel through systems to “help” them recover from traumas around homelessness, drug use, and incarceration. Romie will bring her unique clinical lens and explain the power others’ perceptions can have on us, and the healing affect community and connection can have.

PolySubstance Use: Anna Godwin & Erin J. Day - Community Impact North Carolina

There is no such thing as a single drug epidemic. Learn how and why substances are commonly used together, what the dangers are, and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

Self Medication Trends and Addiction: Aynisa Leonardo - Wellbridge Addiction Treatment & Research

This workshop will focus on trends of self-medication as it relates to physical pain, medical diagnoses, emotional trauma, and mental health. Speaker will discuss stigma, predisposition, genetics, environmental factors, and correlation all of these with patient needs. The workshop will explore best care practices in treating addiction and self-medication, from the spectrum of early intervention to crisis-related response.

Starting where the client is: Harm reduction guidelines for clinical practice in the addictions: Sheila Vakharia, PhD MSW - Drug Policy Alliance

Objectives for the presentation:

  • Examine and explore preconceived notions of harm reduction approaches and interventions
  • Identify and explore foundational harm reduction tenets and principles
  • Discuss drug user stigma and strategies for using person-first language
  • Become familiarized with the history and origins of the harm reduction movement
  • Identify micro, mezzo, and macro-level harm reduction interventions, strategies, and policies for people who use drugs

Talk It Out NC: Rodney Poole & Jeff Strickland - Talk It Out NC (NC ABC Commission)

Rodney Poole and Jeff Strickland will be discussing their work with the North Carolina ABC Commission’s Talk it Out Campaign, focused on preventing underage drinking. Underage drinking and alcohol misuse are both issues that often overlap or intersect with the topic of opioids, and we want to be part of the conversation.
Jeff will share some brief history about the ABC Commission’s control model and our agency’s goals, as well as a history of the Talk it Out NC campaign. Rodney will go more in-depth on the subject matter and will share some of the insights and expertise he provides in his educational programming.

What Does the Rapid Response Team do?: Nicole Singletary & Courtni Wright - Rapid Responder PORT Program

The Rapid Responder Post Overdose Response Team (PORT) is a public health strategy designed to reduce drug overdose deaths through a partnership with Wake County Public Health, Wake County EMS Advanced Practice Paramedics (APPs), and Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) employed by Healing Transitions. CPSS, individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, and APPs follow up with EMS involved individuals 24 to 72 hours after overdose to encourage them to engage in treatment and recovery supports.

Learners will be able to:

  • Describe elements of the Rapid Responder PORT Program
  • Explain functions of program partnerships
  • Define barriers to care

Come Together, Right Now: Donald McDonald, MSW, LCAS - All Sober

Why do so many who experience addiction not ask for help? When they do seek care, why are services so hard to access? When our loved ones finally access support, why is it so often inadequate and inappropriate? Stigma surrounding people who use drugs and people experiencing substance use disorders is partly responsible for diminished help-seeking, discriminatory barriers to services, and the prevalence of poor-quality addiction treatment. Now is the time for people on all pathways to freedom & wellness to put aside their differences and unite to address deliberately the biases against people caught in America’s overdose & incarceration crisis.

Equity in Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Shuchin Shukla, MD, MPH - MAHEC

Shuchin ShuklaThis training begins with an overview of the concepts of structural oppression, unconscious bias, and stigma and how these issues are persistent problems for the provision of quality care. Participants will gain tools to mitigate the perpetuation of health inequities through self-reflection, empathy, communication skills, and solidarity through allyship. This training will also provide an update on the current state of health and health care disparities on both a national and local level.

JoCo Angels - Serving the Addiction Community in Johnston County: JoCo Angels & Chase Campbell of Hope Center Ministries

JoCo Angels – We are Johnston County NC Families who are victims of addiction, JoCo EMS, mental health providers as well as recovering addicts who have formed a group to start raising awareness and supporting parents and addicts involved in the opioid crisis.

Some of the founding members of JoCo Angels ~ Opioid Awareness and Support will be presenting on what their organization does to serve the addiction community in Johnston County. Kelley Blas – President, Rhonda Toppings – Vice President, Phyllis Bryant – Secretary & Danette Jernigan – Public Information Officer have come together due to their common loss of children to opioids as well as experiencing the pain of watching children suffer with mental health disorders and addiction.

Chase Campbell is originally from Nashville, TN. He was a professional BMX racer for 8 years and raced BMX for 17 years total. He is currently the Hope Center Ministries Admissions Director for the state of NC.

More Than Naloxone: How Harm Reduction Philosophy Can (and should) Guide Work with PWUD: Colin Miller - Twin City Harm Reduction Collective

This presentation will examine our society’s collective response to the current overdose epidemic and how we can change this response. Harm Reduction offers us a philosophy and approach that departs from the punishment, paternalism, and criminalization that defines our current approach. This Harm Reduction-informed approach has great potential to change the way PWUD and people with SUDs are treated and offers interventions for people anywhere on the spectrum of substance use rather than only those ready for certain specific interventions.

Not only part of a team but a community of support: Shane Willis - Carolina Hurricanes

As part of our youth & student track, Shane will discuss not only being part of a team but part of a community of support, which is so crucial to helping kids get a great start in sports and beyond!

Policy & What it Means to YOU: Anna Godwin & Erin J. Day - Community Impact North Carolina

Policy affects us all. Learn what legislation, local option, and prevention have in common. Additionally, this session will explore potential hot topics for upcoming consideration at the State & National levels.

Recovery High Schools Should be EVERYWHERE: Mary Ferreri - Emerald School of Excellence

We will discuss how to start a recovery high school, the ups and downs of the journey, what we learned after 2 years of operation, how a recovery high school is more than just a school- it is a hub of resources for young people in recovery. Recovery High Schools strengthen the continuum of care for young people in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. A parent or current/former student may also share their experience.

Social Media Access to Substances: Doug Green - Community Impact North Carolina

Social media has become a part of the societal norm. With numerous ways to connect to your friends, family, organizations, and so much more. Social media opens another door as well, one that increases access to substances for our youth and young adults. In this session we will discuss some of the ways that the access to obtain substances is growing and what you as adults should be aware of that may be happening on these platforms.

Supporting Our Students: Understanding The In and Out of Collegiate Recovery: Kristina Canfield - Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)

Collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) provide on-campus addiction recovery support services to students in or seeking recovery. Dating back nearly 50 years, the growth of collegiate recovery the past decade has seen the number of programs increase from just 14 in 2012 to over 150 today. This session will explore the history of the field, the current landscape, and give attendees an insight into what a collegiate recovery program looks like at various institutions.

We Are The Answer To Ending America’s Addiction Crisis: Ryan Hampton - Recovery Advocacy Project

This session will cover the power of personal narrative and local organizing to combat the overdose epidemic.

You Can’t Tell A Book By Its Cover – A Former Sex Workers Why: Gina Musa - UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC)

Come Together, Right Now: Donald McDonald, MSW, LCAS - All Sober

All Sober is an exciting new digital recovery ecosystem that has been created with support from Microsoft to provide the millions of Americans living with substance use disorder and their loved ones with all the connections, information, and resources they need as they journey through recovery; to end the stigma and shame of addiction; to inspire people in recovery to thrive; to celebrate the recovery lifestyle; and to help fund treatment and recovery supports for those who can’t afford it. All Sober is a Public Benefit Corporation and a portion of all earnings will be donated to the All Sober Foundation and used to enhance access to appropriate care and support.

Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop: Anna Lembke, MD - Stanford University

This presentation will discuss how opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing changed between 1999 and 2018, and the forces behind these changes, including promotion by the opioid pharmaceutical industry. This talk will be based on Dr. Lembke’s book “Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016) and the research she has done since the book was published.

JoCo Angels - Serving the Addiction Community in Johnston County: JoCo Angels & Chase Campbell of Hope Center Ministries

JoCo Angels – We are Johnston County NC Families who are victims of addiction, JoCo EMS, mental health providers as well as recovering addicts who have formed a group to start raising awareness and supporting parents and addicts involved in the opioid crisis.

Some of the founding members of JoCo Angels ~ Opioid Awareness and Support will be presenting on what their organization does to serve the addiction community in Johnston County. Kelley Blas – President, Rhonda Toppings – Vice President, Phyllis Bryant – Secretary & Danette Jernigan – Public Information Officer have come together due to their common loss of children to opioids as well as experiencing the pain of watching children suffer with mental health disorders and addiction.

Chase Campbell is originally from Nashville, TN. He was a professional BMX racer for 8 years and raced BMX for 17 years total. He is currently the Hope Center Ministries Admissions Director for the state of NC.

More Than Naloxone: How Harm Reduction Philosophy Can (and should) Guide Work with PWUD: Colin Miller - Twin City Harm Reduction Collective

This presentation will examine our society’s collective response to the current overdose epidemic and how we can change this response. Harm Reduction offers us a philosophy and approach that departs from the punishment, paternalism, and criminalization that defines our current approach. This Harm Reduction-informed approach has great potential to change the way PWUD and people with SUDs are treated and offers interventions for people anywhere on the spectrum of substance use rather than only those ready for certain specific interventions.

Perception Training: Romie & Gregory Nottage - Downtown Streets Team

Romie & Gregory Nottage have over two decades in combined experience in working with marginalized populations. One of the most constant themes revolves around how we perceive others, and how that perception can have a profound – and often detrimental – impact on people as they travel through systems to “help” them recover from traumas around homelessness, drug use, and incarceration. Romie will bring her unique clinical lens and explain the power others’ perceptions can have on us, and the healing affect community and connection can have.

PolySubstance Use: Anna Godwin & Erin J. Day - Community Impact North Carolina

There is no such thing as a single drug epidemic. Learn how and why substances are commonly used together, what the dangers are, and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

Self Medication Trends and Addiction: Aynisa Leonardo - Wellbridge Addiction Treatment & Research

This workshop will focus on trends of self-medication as it relates to physical pain, medical diagnoses, emotional trauma, and mental health. Speaker will discuss stigma, predisposition, genetics, environmental factors, and correlation all of these with patient needs. The workshop will explore best care practices in treating addiction and self-medication, from the spectrum of early intervention to crisis-related response.

Starting where the client is: Harm reduction guidelines for clinical practice in the addictions: Sheila Vakharia, PhD MSW - Drug Policy Alliance

Objectives for the presentation:

  • Examine and explore preconceived notions of harm reduction approaches and interventions
  • Identify and explore foundational harm reduction tenets and principles
  • Discuss drug user stigma and strategies for using person-first language
  • Become familiarized with the history and origins of the harm reduction movement
  • Identify micro, mezzo, and macro-level harm reduction interventions, strategies, and policies for people who use drugs

Talk It Out NC: Rodney Poole & Jeff Strickland - Talk It Out NC (NC ABC Commission)

Rodney Poole and Jeff Strickland will be discussing their work with the North Carolina ABC Commission’s Talk it Out Campaign, focused on preventing underage drinking. Underage drinking and alcohol misuse are both issues that often overlap or intersect with the topic of opioids, and we want to be part of the conversation.
Jeff will share some brief history about the ABC Commission’s control model and our agency’s goals, as well as a history of the Talk it Out NC campaign. Rodney will go more in-depth on the subject matter and will share some of the insights and expertise he provides in his educational programming.

What Does the Rapid Response Team do?: Nicole Singletary & Courtni Wright - Rapid Responder PORT Program

The Rapid Responder Post Overdose Response Team (PORT) is a public health strategy designed to reduce drug overdose deaths through a partnership with Wake County Public Health, Wake County EMS Advanced Practice Paramedics (APPs), and Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) employed by Healing Transitions. CPSS, individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, and APPs follow up with EMS involved individuals 24 to 72 hours after overdose to encourage them to engage in treatment and recovery supports.

Learners will be able to:

  • Describe elements of the Rapid Responder PORT Program
  • Explain functions of program partnerships
  • Define barriers to care

Community Mental Health Services through EasterSeals UCP of NC&VA: Easterseals UCP

Easterseals UCP provides a wide range of services to help children and adults living with mental health and substance use issues, along with their families.  
 
In our presentation, we will review some of these services available, including but not limited to the following: Outpatient Treatment, Intensive In-Home Treatment, Multisystemic Treatment, Family Transition Support Services, Assertive Community Treatment, Community Support Teams, and Employment Services. 
 
In addition, we can also share some exciting updates about our partnerships with the Wake/Durham/Johnston school systems, the Department of Public Safety and their Juvenile Justice Systems, and the Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health partnerships in Wake and Durham. 
 
We also hope this time together will be a supportive and informative space where we can answer some of your questions about what services may be best for your needs and how to get started with services for you or your family members.
 
Speakers:
Marcie Boyes, MSW, QP (ESUCP Intake Supervisor)
Amelia Lower, MEd, LCMHC, NCC (ESUCP Program Manager)
Anthony Gibson, MS, QP (ESUCP Program Manager)
Elizabeth Gaylord, LPA, LCAS, CCS (ESUCP Program Manager)

Equity in Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Shuchin Shukla, MD, MPH - MAHEC

Shuchin ShuklaThis training begins with an overview of the concepts of structural oppression, unconscious bias, and stigma and how these issues are persistent problems for the provision of quality care. Participants will gain tools to mitigate the perpetuation of health inequities through self-reflection, empathy, communication skills, and solidarity through allyship. This training will also provide an update on the current state of health and health care disparities on both a national and local level.

Lock Your Meds NC: Holly Carter - Community Impact North Carolina

Fifty-three percent of people who misuse prescription medications get them from friends and family. Learn the five steps that you personally can take to prevent prescription drug misuse.

NIH HEAL Initiative: Tackling the Opioid Crisis through Science and Community: Rebecca Baker, PhD - NIH HEAL Initiative

This presentation will provide an overview of the NIH HEAL Initiative and discuss how the initiative is engaging individuals with lived experience to ensure the research is informed by the needs and concerns of the communities affected by the pain and opioid public health crises.

Policy & What it Means to YOU: Anna Godwin & Erin J. Day - Community Impact North Carolina

Policy affects us all. Learn what legislation, local option, and prevention have in common. Additionally, this session will explore potential hot topics for upcoming consideration at the State & National levels.

Recovery High Schools Should be EVERYWHERE: Mary Ferreri - Emerald School of Excellence

We will discuss how to start a recovery high school, the ups and downs of the journey, what we learned after 2 years of operation, how a recovery high school is more than just a school- it is a hub of resources for young people in recovery. Recovery High Schools strengthen the continuum of care for young people in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. A parent or current/former student may also share their experience.

Social Media Access to Substances: Doug Green - Community Impact North Carolina

Social media has become a part of the societal norm. With numerous ways to connect to your friends, family, organizations, and so much more. Social media opens another door as well, one that increases access to substances for our youth and young adults. In this session we will discuss some of the ways that the access to obtain substances is growing and what you as adults should be aware of that may be happening on these platforms.

Supporting Our Students: Understanding The In and Out of Collegiate Recovery: Tim Rabolt - Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)

Collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) provide on-campus addiction recovery support services to students in or seeking recovery. Dating back nearly 50 years, the growth of collegiate recovery the past decade has seen the number of programs increase from just 14 in 2012 to over 150 today. This session will explore the history of the field, the current landscape, and give attendees an insight into what a collegiate recovery program looks like at various institutions.

We Are The Answer To Ending America’s Addiction Crisis: Ryan Hampton - Recovery Advocacy Project

This session will cover the power of personal narrative and local organizing to combat the overdose epidemic.

You Can’t Tell A Book By Its Cover – A Former Sex Workers Why: Gina Musa - UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC)