Health providers, community invited to prescription drug abuse seminars

January 19, 2016

Piedmont Community Services, Drug-Free MHC and FRESH (Focus on Response and Education to Stay Healthy) Coalition of Franklin County are teaming up to provide training from leading experts to coalition, community members and health care providers about prescription drug abuse.

Health care providers are invited to a training seminar on Sunday, Jan. 24 from 1-4 p.m. at Patrick Henry Community College in the J. Burness Frith Economic Development Center. Lunch will be provided.

The seminar will focus on evidence-based methods for health care professionals to reduce harm and overdose from prescription medications. The event also will highlight the use of naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication. Dr. Anthony Dragovich and Fred Wells Brason II will lead the seminar. Two continuing medical education (CME) hours will be issued for this training.

Dragovich is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician, working to further medical understanding of pain medicine and public awareness. He is dedicated to the treatment of human suffering through the use of cutting-edge technology and medication management, with a heavy emphasis on teaching and encouraging the basics of life: nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management.

On Monday, Jan. 25, training will continue with Brason hosting a meeting for coalition and community members to share information about Project Lazarus, a program in Wilkes County, N.C., that has decreased the drug poisoning mortality rate by 69 percent in four years. He has co-chaired the expert committee for the formation of the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Overdose Toolkit, and serves as president and CEO of Project Lazarus.

Brason will share an evidence-based method to reduce harm and overdose from prescription medicines. He also will share information about health provider education, hospital emergency department prescribing, diversion control, community education, naloxone harm reduction and addiction treatment.

Monday’s training will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New College Institute, located at 191 Fayette St. Lunch will be provided.

A federal Drug Free Community Support grant of $625,000 and a SAMHSA Partnership for Success grant of $500,000 were awarded to FRESH Coalition and Drug-Free MHC to reduce substance abuse and drug overdose deaths throughout the area.

To find out more about these events or to reserve your spot, call Bonnie Favero at (276) 632-4037, Mary-Kate Dillon at (276) 352-8052 or Regina Clark at (540) 493-6875. Events are sponsored by Drug-Free MHC and the Harvest Foundation.


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