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Health Officials to Hold Virtual Summit on Opioid Use

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – The Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition, in partnership with the Charlotte Area Health Education Center (Charlotte AHEC) and Atrium Health, will present a virtual summit, beginning Monday, October 26.

The three-week conference series, titled “Gaston Substance Use Summit: Caring for Others and Ourselves,” aims to improve the effectiveness of front-line professionals who work to prevent and treat opioid use disorder (OUD).

“We designed the program to help individuals on the front lines of opioid prevention and treatment to more deeply understand Opioid Use Disorder,” said Bill Gross, Gaston County DHHS Special Projects Manager. “They’ll learn how to care for themselves and others in the face of the difficult circumstances, particularly during the spread of Covid-19, and to offer local resources to help them succeed in their work.”

Gaston County employees can attend the conference at no cost and receive Continuing Education credit for attending. The cost is $15 for those who work and live in Gaston County and $25 for anyone outside the County. Registration is required to attend the conference, and participants must attend the first day of the summit on Oct. 26 and then may choose to attend the other days (Oct. 29, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, and Nov. 12).

For more information about the conference or to register, visit the Charlotte AHEC website at