On June 16, 2016, the North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative hosted a conference, Prevention Strategies for Stemming the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic, to promote the identification and implementation of evidence-based interventions for preventing prescription opioid medication misuse and abuse. Funded by the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, through a block grant from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the goal of the conference was to promote the identification and implementation of evidence-based interventions for preventing prescription opioid medication misuse and abuse. The nationally recognized speakers included the following:
- David J. Tauben, MD, FACP, Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, University of Washington in Seattle: public policy development and implementation
- Jeffrey A. Gray, Pharm.D., CDE, Associate Professor, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, East Tennessee State University: community-based prescription drug take-back programs
- Catheryn M. Hockaday, Ph.D., CFLE, Human Sciences Specialist, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, Iowa State University: prevention programming for youth.
PowerPoints from the conference: