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Amazing Grace--Lunch and Learn About the Local Opioid Crisis
Thu, April 26, 2018 11:00AM to 1:30PM (Eastern)
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              Amazing Grace
 – An educational lunch and learn event on the local opioid crisis -
With a better understanding of the facts about this public health emergency, help Kernersville become a community that offers radical grace, mercy and support to all our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters affected by the opioid crisis.

When: Thursday, April 26, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Where: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden 215 South Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284

Cost: $15 which includes lunch   CEU Credits: 2 hours continuing education credits offered at $10 (paid separately)

Goal -  to reduce shame and stigma by educating the community to better understand and support those who are in crisis, the first responders who see the trauma of this crisis on a daily basis, and the families and loved ones who are in the midst of suffering.

Audience – faith leaders, first responders, business leaders, educators, counselors, coaches, local government, community members of all types.

Attendees will leave with:
  • A brief history of the opioid crisis and recent facts and figures about its severity.
  • An understanding how and why people get addicted to opioids, including a short review of the science of addiction; how a dental visit can end up with a person addicted to heroin.
  • Stories from two people in recovery – peer specialists from Wake Forest Baptist Health.
  • Information on different treatment alternatives including medically assisted treatment along with their success rates.What is relapse? Why do people overdose? What is Naloxone and how does it work?
  • Suggestion on what to say, what not to say to support families and caregivers if their loved one has an addiction; how to talk to the person addicted.
  • What happens if a life is lost?Suggestion on what to say; what not to say to support families and caregivers.
  • Practical suggestions on what can you do in your life and homes right now to help this crisis.
  • An understanding of how the community can support first responders.
  • A resource guide for the community including support groups.
The faculty leading this program: 

Steven N. Scoggin, MDiv. Psy.D, LPC – Associate Vice-President of Behavioral Health and CareNet, Inc. Vice-Chair of Strategy and Education and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Dr. Margaret Rukstalis, MD - Dr. Margaret Rukstalis is an addiction specialist who has studied the brain and behavior change for over twenty-five years. She received her MD at Dartmouth Medical School, is currently on faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and has coauthored more than fifty scientific articles and book chapters.
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