Prescription drug abuse seminars rescheduled

February 17, 2016

Two prescription drug abuse seminars, presented by Piedmont Community Services, Drug-Free MHC and FRESH (Focus on Response and Education to Stay Healthy) Coalition of Franklin County, are rescheduled for Wednesday, March 9. 

Community and coalition members are invited to a seminar hosted by Fred Wells Brason II on March 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New College Institute. Lunch will be provided.

Brason will 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.

An evidence-based method to reduce harm and overdose from prescription medicines will be included in Brason’s presentation, in addition to information about health care provider education, hospital emergency department prescribing, diversion control, community education, naloxone harm reduction and addiction treatment.

Health care providers are invited to a training seminar on March 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at New College Institute. Dinner 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 Brason 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.

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.

The seminars were canceled in January due to inclement weather. To find out more information 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. These events are sponsored by Drug-Free MHC and the Harvest Foundation.


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