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Delve into Struggles of Opioid Addiction at October 14 Event

Partners Health Summit to Provide FREE Help

opioid-addiction-logoHickory, NC, September 29, 2016 – Thousands of family members are struggling to help loved ones addicted to prescription painkillers, also known as opioids, or other drugs. They want to help but don’t know how. Partners Health Management is providing that help with a free event called, “Partners Health Summit: Struggles of Opioid Addiction.”

The one-day educational conference will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at Registered attendees will receive free training from national and local experts, educational materials, a boxed lunch, refreshments, and a tote bag.

Dr. Mel Pohl, medical director of Las Vegas Recovery Center and keynote speaker for the summit, will explore solutions for changing course at this crucial time in North Carolina in his presentation, Treating Chronic Pain in the Midst of the Opioid Epidemic. “My job is to poke people, so they think differently about drug use for pain management,” said Pohl. “People can have a better life, even with chronic pain. They don’t have to live this way. Their families are impacted by the pain and addiction, too. They all deserve a better life.”

Summit attendees will also have the opportunity to choose from six different breakout sessions focused on the following topics:

  • How to help people avoid addiction
  • Options for treating addiction
  • How to support loved ones in recovery
  • Where to get local help with addiction and mental illness

The summit will culminate with a Recovery Rally from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. where all attendees can join with others to celebrate recovery from addiction in a safe environment. The rally will include inspirational speakers, personal recovery stories, music, and free refreshments.

Family members impacted by opioid addiction or other substance use disorders are encouraged to attend. Sessions are also available for those who work with people living with addiction, such as local law enforcement, elected officials, high school counselors and principals, and faith-based groups. Residents of the following counties are especially invited to attend: Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin counties.