About the Event

In partnership with the Jackson County Community Foundation’s opioid and addiction awareness campaign for the month of September the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise, is excited to host the opioid and addiction town hall. This town hall seeks to foster tangible steps that will make significant and lasting contributions to the well-being of the people affected by addiction in the Western North Carolina Region. We hope you will join us as representatives from across our area, state and the southeast provide a forum for discussion and progress. We will also have a panel of experts from Western Carolina University covering a wide variety of topics impacting these issues.

Western Carolina University UC Grand Room, A.C. Hinds University Center

8:15am until 2:30 pm (approximate). Lunch will be provided during working groups. Full schedule to be released soon. The townhall includes four breakout working groups designed to put ideas into action. These are opportunities to network, brainstorm, and hatch plans for tangible next steps. A box lunch is provided, but pre-registration is required to attend a breakout session. Please select the group you would like to attend.

The breakout working groups are:
Assessment: How bad is the addiction problem, and how does that vary by location and over time?
Treatment: What treatment plans are best for each kind of addiction scenario? Policy: What federal, state, and local policy changes will help in the fight against addiction? Social Marketing: How can awareness and understanding be improved across wide populations? The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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