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Partners and the NC Council of Community Programs to Combat Leading Drug Epidemic with Opioid Summit

Reporters and news organizations are invited to attend the Opioid Summit on Friday, March 11, to learn about the opioid epidemic in North Carolina. Partners Health Management and the NC Council of Community Programs are hosting the event at the Statesville Civic Center from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. that day.

This free summit features 17 presentations that focus on early identification of substance use disorders, overdose reversal strategies, medication-assisted treatment procedures, alternative pain management options, and the latest best practices in the prescribing of opioids.

The popularity and prevalence of opioid use, particularly prescription painkillers, has led to the largest drug epidemic plaguing our country. In North Carolina, prescription opioids were the cause of more than 50 percent of medication or drug poisoning deaths in 2014 (NC Public Health; Injury and Violence Prevention Branch).  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 44 people die in the US every day due to prescription opioids.

Partners Health Management and the NC Council of Community Programs is bringing those on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic together to explore this problem and discuss ways to better combat the effects on lives and communities. Physical and behavioral healthcare providers, state and local leaders, first responders, law enforcement and county health department personnel will receive tools and strategies to reduce opioid related deaths and promote substance use disorder recovery in our communities.