North Carolina Substance Abuse Prevention Conference

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May 2


What is Big Marijuana and Where Are We Going with Pot Policy in the US? Kevin Sabet, President, SAM
In this keynote, a three-time former White House drug policy advisor will discuss the state of marijuana policy in the US. He will discuss the marijuana connection with opioids, medical marijuana issues, and state experiences with full retail legalization. Dr. Sabet will also touch on what the marijuana industry is fighting for, and how we in the prevention field can work to reduce the influence of a “profit before people” pot policy. 


Confronting the Opioid Epidemic in North Carolina, Josh Stein, NC Attorney General
Finding ways to confront the opioid epidemic is one of AG Stein’s top priorities. Treatment and recovery are critical to that effort. AG Stein looks forward to sharing his approach, which includes prevention, treatment and smart enforcement.

Breakout Sessions 1:45pm-3:00pm

Statewide Collaboration Increases the Impact of Prevention, Nancy Hans, Community Coalitions of Virginia (CCoVA) Chair and Executive Director of Prevention Council of Roanoke and Regina Whitsett, Community Coalitions of Virginia (CCoVA) former Vice Chair and Executive Director of Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc. (SAFE) 
Prior to 2008, substance abuse prevention coalitions in Virginia were impacting youth and adult substance use at the community level.  Leaders from these coalitions envisioned working in collaboration with other prevention professionals across the Commonwealth to maximize the outcomes of implementing environmental strategies to prevent and reduce substance abuse.  Community Coalitions of Virginia was created as a response to this vision and identified need.  CCoVA is now recognized as a leader in providing statewide evidence-based educational trainings, monthly networking opportunities, enhanced partnerships with national and state stakeholders, and achieving notable advocacy efforts that impact state and local policies regarding substance abuse. Participants who attend this workshop will learn to: 1) Collaborate with other prevention professionals across North Carolina; 2) Create a statewide coalition of coalitions; 3) Establish monthly networking meetings; 4) Provide highly evaluated educational trainings; 5) Build and sustain significant partnerships at the national and state level; 6) Collect and disseminate statewide data regarding substance abuse; and 7) Be an effective advocate on state legislation regarding substances. 

An Overview of Drug Impairment for Educational Professionals (DITEP), Luke Marcum, BA Criminal Justice, DRE/SFST Instructor, Crash Reconstructionist
Drug Impairment for Educational Professionals is a program to provide educational professionals information to recognize the signs and symptoms of active impairment due to substance abuse that is likely to interfere with the safe learning environment. This session will provide an overview of what is provided in the one and two day training sessions of DITEP (that can be offered in communities) and the benefits associated with recognizing and addressing a student that is impaired while in the learning environment.


Nashville HOPE Initiative, Thomas Bashore, Chief of Police, Town of Nashville and Henry “Hank” Raper, Town Manager, Town of Nashville
The HOPE Initiative was launched on February 9th, 2016.  It was and is still the only program in the State of North Carolina.  Its purpose is to assist those individuals with Substance Use Disorder to find treatment options and to get into recovery.  While other programs are centered around opioids, the HOPE Initiative is willing to accept any Substance Use Disorder.  The program allows individuals to come to the Nashville Police Department, turn over any drugs and/or paraphernalia without fear of charges, and to start their recovery process. 



Breakout Sessions 3:15pm-4:30pm

Alianza Latino Drug Free Coalition, Jessica Montana, MPH, CHES; Karen de la O Medina, BSPH; Alba Sanchez, CSAPC, Stakeholder Engagement & Diversity Services Coordinator, Alcohol Drug Education Traffic School (ADETS) State Instructor
In July 2014, the Alianza Latino Drug Free Coalition was established to address the multiple barriers that the Latino and Hispanic community face in receiving substance abuse prevention and treatment services.  Alianza is the only Latino substance abuse coalition in the city of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina that focuses on preventing substance abuse among Latino and Hispanic youth. During this session, attendees will learn how the coalition was developed and how it is sustained as well as opportunities for working with the Latino population.  By the end of the session, attendees will have some tangible tools that they can implement in their community when reaching out to the Latino community or engaging them in their coalition.

Rx Media Campaign: Through the Local Looking Glass, Erin J. Day, Director of the Wilson County Substance Abuse Coalition
In 2016 the Wilson County Substance Abuse Coalition received local funding for a mass media marketing campaign.  Learn how this local Coalition used a media campaign to promote prescription drug misuse prevention.  This session will cover messaging, types of media, planning phases, and how to evaluate effectiveness.

I Have a Choice, Luke Marcum, BA Criminal Justice, DRE/SFST Instructor, Crash Reconstructionist
I Have a Choice is an outreach program focusing on impaired driving and substance use through a choices and consequences approach. The program can be tailored toward any audience and has been used from small groups ranging from 7-12th grade students to larger groups of college students and even a group of approximately 200 US Marines returning from service overseas. The program will be presented in an abbreviated format with a time for questions and answers at the conclusion of the presentation.


May 3

Opening Plenary

Is Childhood Adversity the Real Gateway Drug?, Abby Wilson, MHA, Positive Parenting Program Coordinator, Children’s Trust of South Carolina
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study informs prevention professionals how early life experiences could potentially impact behavioral and physical well-being as an adult. ACE attributable problems include early initiation of smoking, marijuana use and alcohol-related problems. This interactive presentation covers brain development, the ACE Study, and tools to work with your community to bring the focus to prevention.

Charm School for the Community Advocate, Diane Riibe, BBL, Chairperson, U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance
Attendees will learn why advocates need to focus on the science around preventing underage and excessive drinking while learning the as-important skills and focus on successfully approaching community efforts in prevention with both respect and tenacity.


The Highs of Success:  Adventure Education and Life Transformation, Steve Ashton, Vice President, WRTCA; Education Director, Cameron Boys Camp
Stephen has had the honor of learning directly from the founding practitioners of Transformational Wilderness Camping Programs.  For the past 15 years he has worked directly with boys, girls and families in crisis.  He assisted in founding Camp Duncan for Girls in 2011, and was the Director of Cameron Boys Camp from 2012-2017.  His session will share proven principles of Residential Wilderness Camping success through the stories of boys who have experienced transformation.

The New IQ, Milton Creagh
“The New IQ”, (INCLUSION QUOTIENT) is a realization that for a community or organization to reach their full potential, it requires the sum total of the intellect, experiences, perspectives and ideas of all stakeholders (professionals, governmental entities, educators, parents, employers, youth, law enforcement, the faith community, etc.). Often, our natural instinct is to seek out others who think like we do.  To lock into the New IQ requires behavior that many of us have been programmed to perceive as weakness or insufficiency.  INCLUSION requires the ability to honestly listen with an open mind to all other members on the team and be willing to ask for and accept help.

Breakout Sessions 1:45pm-3:00pm

Why Can’t We Sell Alcohol Like Tires and Mayonnaise?, Pamela S. Erickson, President/CEO Public Action Management, Former Director, Oregon Liquor Control Commission
This session will explore why common business practices create problems for alcohol and how alcohol regulations work to curb these business practices. It will also discuss what research says about alcohol regulation.   Examples of deregulation and problems that ensued will be provided. The session will also explore ways to strengthen alcohol regulation relating to price, promotion, product and place.
2017 Issue Briefs for States
April 2017 Newsletter

Advocacy Panel, Diane Riibe, Randolph Cloud, Mark Ezzell, Deeanna Hale-Holland
During this session attendees will receive an update on the NC Legislature from Randolph Cloud of Randolph Cloud and Associates on legislation related to the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders; will have the opportunity to learn about the policy advocacy efforts of the NC Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association (NCSAPPA) and the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC); and, discuss with the panelist why community members and professionals must become more involved with advocacy at the state and local level and how they can.

Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work, Abby Wilson, MHA, Positive Parenting Program Coordinator, Children’s Trust of South Carolina and Birley Wright, M.Ed.
Developed by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, this approach helps child welfare systems, early education and other programs work with parent to build protective factors in their work. The protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. They serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children find resources, supports and coping strategies so that they can parent more effectively, event under stress.  


Breakout Sessions 3:15pm-4:30pm

The New IQ, Milton Creagh

How Alcohol Regulation Works to Foster Public Health and Safety, Pamela S. Erickson, President/CEO Public Action Management, Former Director, Oregon Liquor Control Commission
In this session you will learn how alcohol regulations work to prevent large quantities of cheap alcohol widely available and why that can create major social problems.  You will explore curtain issues and trends in alcohol regulation including what to look out for in your state and learn how to work with state and local partners to support good alcohol regulations that balance public safety and business needs.
2017 Issue Briefs for States
April 2017 Newsletter

Everything You Need to Know About Recovery High Schools, Kristen Harper, M.Ed., Recovery Communities of North Carolina
Recovery high schools are secondary schools designed specifically for students in recovery from substance use disorder or dependency. Although each school operates differently depending on available community resources and state standards, each recovery high school shares the following goals: 1) To educate all available and eligible students who are in recovery from substance use disorder or co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 2) To meet state requirements for awarding a secondary school diploma 3) To support students in working a strong program of recovery. This presentation will review the components of a recovery high school as well as offer next steps in creating a recovery high school in North Carolina.