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Combatting the Opioid Crises in North Carolina

Real-time Intervention and Treatment Updates  


Date and Location

Friday, March 2, 2018

UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work

Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, Auditorium, first floor

325 Pittsboro St.

Chapel Hill, NC  27516



8:30-9:00 Coffee, Refreshments, Registration

9:00 – 12:30 Program

(Two 10-minute breaks mid-morning)


Register Here



Opioid overdose deaths have reached epidemic proportions. In North Carolina, unintentional drug overdose deaths have become the leading cause of death. Addiction to opioids is wreaking havoc on families and overtaxing emergency rooms and treatment facilities around the state.


Workshop Description

This workshop will educate students, clinicians, and community partners about the toll and statewide response to the opioid epidemic in North Carolinian. In addition, participants will be introduced to strategies, including harm reduction, and physical and behavioral health interventions being used to reduce the averse effects of opioid misuse.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize the impact of the opioid epidemic on citizens of NC
  • Identify strategies that are part of North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan to address the opioid epidemic
  • Explain harm reduction philosophy and strategies for reducing the negative consequences of drug use
  • Compare Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) and Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) programs
  • Discuss treatment disparities among racial/ethnic, cultural, and sexual/gender minority populations


Target Audience

  1. Behavioral health students and professionals including social workers, nurse practitioners, addiction counselors, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, school counselors, clergy, school administrators, peer support specialists.
  2. Health professionals and students including medicine, nursing, dentistry and allied health.
  3. Law enforcement personnel
  4. Service providers including faith based personnel, community service providers, and other social service professionals


Speaker Information


Susan Kansagra, MD, MBA.  Section Chief, Chronic Disease and Injury (CDI) Section, NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Kansagra will report on the State’s Opioid Action Plan and will give a detailed data overview of demographic areas and populations most affected by the opioid epidemic.


North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC)

Several members of the NCHRC, a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation and justice reform, will speak.


Robert Childs, MPH, Executive Director NCHRC will provide an overview of the coalition and the scope of their harm reduction and drug policy reform work being done throughout North Carolina and the Southeast.


Sergeant Sheila Washington:  Internal Affairs, Fayetteville Police Department.


Reverend Michelle Mathis; Co-founder of The Olive Branch Ministry, an interfaith harm reduction ministry in Western NC. and Associate Minister at Exodus Minister Outreach Church


Sgt. Washington and Rev. Mathis, together with Mr. Childs, will address the important law enforcement and faith based partnerships that are aiding individuals and families impacted by drug use and sex work.

They will introduce participants to LEAD, a pre-booking diversion program that allows law enforcement and sheriffs to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drug or sex work activity to community-based programs and services, instead of jail and prosecution.




Clinical Treatment Provider Panel


Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) providers from different practices will discuss the work they are doing, including assessment and treatment techniques, best intervention practices, treatment options and working as part of integrated health care teams.  Panel members will also discuss treatment disparities among underserved populations.


Panelists Include:

Carolyn Crowder, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, Director, Behavioral Health, Lincoln Community Health Center, Durham, NC

Scott Lutgenau, LCSW-A, LCAS, Opioid Treatment Practice Manager, SouthLight Healthcare, Raleigh

Pamela Mund, MD, Lincoln Community Health Center, Durham, NC

Amy Prentice, MSW, LCSW, Care Manager, Family Medicine Center, UNC Healthcare, Chapel Hill NC

Teresa Wiley, RN, BSN, Director of Special Populations and Program Development, Piedmont Health Services, Inc.


Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, Assistant Dean, UNC School of Nursing will moderate the panel.



8:30-9:00           Coffee, registration

9:00-10:00         Keynote Address with Q &A

10:00-10:10       Break

10:10-11:10       Harm Reduction Coalition Team Discussion with Q &A

11:10-11:20       Break

11:20-12:30       Provider and Patient Panel Discussion with Q & A;



This workshop is free to all participants. Funding is provided by the UNC School of Social Work, the UNC-PrimeCare program (funded by HRSA), and UNC RIPHI, Rural Interprofessional Health Initiatives, funded by the Kenan Charitable Trust. For planning purposes, please register ahead of time.


Inclement Weather Policy: The UNC School of Social Work will follow policy in accordance with the University of North Carolina.


 ADA Statement: Participants requiring any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program should call 919-962-6540 no later than ten business days before the program.


Live Streaming:   Participate through live stream. Those who register for live streaming will receive an email with directions on how to join via Zoom 2 days before the lecture.


Contact for Questions

Meryl Kanfer,

Carol Ann Hincy,


Transportation/ Directions: The most reliable places to park are the Dogwood Parking Deck, across from the UNC Hospital;

or the Ambulatory Care Center;

Both lots are approximately a 10 minute walk to the School of Social Work, and the fee is $1.50/hour.


The Carolina Inn on Pittsboro Street has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $20/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work


Continuing Education

3 hours of CE will be awarded by UNC School of Social Work:

  • Contact Hours ASWB UNC School of Social Work, #1406, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program.  UNC School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 8/10/16 to 8/10/19.  Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education hours.  Social Workers participating in this intermediate course will receive 2 continuing education contact hours (ASWB).
  • 3 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program



NCSAPPB: Approval pending; 3 hours


Attendance Policy: To receive CE’s you must be present for the entire workshop. No CE’s can be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late, or those who leave before the close of the workshop.