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Community Education

The Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition wants to tell your school, civic group, faith organization, or social group about opioids and how you can join us to stop the opioid epidemic.


From small groups to town hall meetings, we will provide engaging, in-person or virtual presentations.


See below for a list of our past events.


Gaston Substance Use Summit, Spring 2021 / audio only

Opioid Update, Jeffrey Ellison, PhD, Kintegra Health

Opioids and Recovery Through the Eyes of Lived Experience, Karen Lowe and Chasty King

Trauma and Addiction, Karen Melendez, MD, Support Inc.

Caring for Ourselves, Kelly Hamilton, Phoenix Counseling

Changing Paradigms: Engaging Law Enforcement as a Strategic Partner Within a Harm Reduction Model, Ron Martin

Recognizing Signs of Addiction / Jennifer Vilardaga, PhD, DukeHealth

Integrated Care: Managing Opioid Use in the Primary Care Setting, Jeffrey Ellison, PhD, Sarah Dergins, LCSW, Kintegra Health

Gaston Substance Use Summit, Fall 2021 / audio only

Cultural Competency with People who Use Drugs, Michelle Mathis, Olive Branch Ministry

Harm Reduction Basics, Michelle Mathis, Olive Branch Ministry

Preventing Substance Use Disorder Among Youth, Maceo Mayo III, RHA Health

Building Resilience in Children Whose Parents Have Substance Use Disorder, Karen Melendez, MD, Support Inc.

Working in faith communities, Rev. David Julen, First Baptist Cramerton

Best Opioid Treatment Practices, Allison Gosda and Bess Stanton, MD, Partners Health Management

Narcan and GEMS, Joshua Crabtree, Gaston Emergency Medical Services

Hepatitis C Treatment and HIHV Education, Erin Hultgren, Kintegra Health

Faith Fighting Addiction / videos

Collateral Damage: Helping Families of People Suffering from Addiction / March 2020

Opioids Come to Church: A Pastor’s Story a Parent’s Story / August 2021

Relapse- Detour or Dead End / March 2021

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