Community opioid panel discussion set
The Opioid Prevention Ecumenical Network, Partners Aligned Toward Health and RHA Health Services are hosting a panel and community conversation about opioid prevention from 6:15-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Community Room at the Mauzy-Phillips Center at the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.
This panel is in follow-up to the training and community conversation provided for the faith community in June by MAHEC titled “Addressing Opioid Misuse and Overdose as both a Medical Epidemic and a Spiritual Crisis.”
In part two of this series, a panel of local clergy and lay leaders will provide their perspectives for medical practitioners about the deeper emotional and spiritual issues underlying opioid misuse and overdose, as well as steps medical practitioners could take to refer patients to local support. They will specifically be addressing three dimensions of opioid use – pain, shame and support.
Panelists are Bruce Cannon, of Bear Creek Baptist Church; Jeremy Troxler, of Spruce Pine United Methodist Church; Jody Griffin, of Central Baptist Church and Avery-Mitchell Correctional; Joshua Wise, of Celebrate Recovery; and Rocky Branch, of Spruce Pine First Baptist Church.
The first 45 minutes of the evening will include comments by the panelists on each of these three topics, and the last hour will be an open, community-wide conversation on any issues associated with opioid prevention and recovery that arise.
The evening will be moderated by Stephynia Limongello, of Charis Children’s Foundation, and Jeff Spargo, of First Baptist Church Burnsville and the Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force.