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The Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition wants to tell your school, civic group, faith organization, or social group about opioids.


From small groups to town hall meetings, we will provide engaging,

in-person or virtual presentations.

People watching a presentation.


Gaston Substance Use Summit, Spring 2021

Opioid Update, Jeffrey Ellison, PhD, Kintegra Health

Opioids and Recovery Through the Eyes of Lived Experience, Karen Lowe and Chasty King

Trauma and Addiction, Karen Melendez, MD, Support Inc.

Caring for Ourselves, Kelly Hamilton, Phoenix Counseling

Changing Paradigms: Engaging Law Enforcement as a Strategic Partner Within a Harm Reduction Model, Ron Martin

Recognizing Signs of Addiction / Jennifer Vilardaga, PhD, DukeHealth

Integrated Care: Managing Opioid Use in the Primary Care Setting, Jeffrey Ellison, PhD, Sarah Dergins, LCSW, Kintegra Health

Gaston Substance Use Summit, Fall 2021 

Cultural Competency with People who Use Drugs, Michelle Mathis, Olive Branch Ministry

Harm Reduction Basics, Michelle Mathis, Olive Branch Ministry

Preventing Substance Use Disorder Among Youth, Maceo Mayo III, RHA Health

Building Resilience in Children Whose Parents Have Substance Use Disorder, Karen Melendez, MD, Support Inc.

Working in faith communities, Rev. David Julen, First Baptist Cramerton

Best Opioid Treatment Practices, Allison Gosda and Bess Stanton, MD, Partners Health Management

Narcan and GEMS, Joshua Crabtree, Gaston Emergency Medical Services

Hepatitis C Treatment and HIHV Education, Erin Hultgren, Kintegra Health


Local experts discuss the consequences of trauma in the lives of children and how they can lead to sub- stance use disorder, mental illness, and chronic physical disease as adults.


Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, describe traumatic experiences among children and teenagers. Mental health professionals now understand adults who experience significant trauma as children are at elevated risk for substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder. High ACEs scores can also cause the early onset of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

NOTE: The Charlotte Area Health Education Center (CAHEC) provides complimentary CEU and Contact Hours for this program. 

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