Communities Responding to the Opioid Crisis Webinar Series


This summer series of webinars is focused on how North Carolina local governments and communities are responding to the opioid crisis. Each webinar will introduce a specific strategy and explore how communities are implementing that strategy. As outlined below, the topics are: Expanding Treatment Options, Community Outreach and Education, and Syringe Exchange Programs.


Registration is free. This series is coordinated by UNC School of Government Opioid Response Project with generous support from Blue Cross NC.   When you register you will automatically be signed up for all three webinars.  If you are unable to participate in any of the live webinars, you will have the option to watch the On Demand recorded version.  A link will automatically be sent to you after the live webinar.   


June 20, 2019 10:00-11:30 AM - Expanding Treatment Options

July 18, 2019  1:00-2:30 PM - Community Outreach and Education

August 15, 2019 1:00-2:30 PM - Syringe Exchange Program


Expanding Treatment Options, June 20, 10:00-11:30 - Click HERE for more information and to access the recording.  

This webinar will provide an introduction to treatment options for opioid use disorder, including medication-assisted treatment, and the webinar will explore efforts in communities in Lenoir County and Wilkes County to expand and improve treatment options.


  • MeLane Childress Barber, Clinic Director, Wilkesboro CTC
  • Alex Gertner, Injury and Violence Prevention Fellow, MD/PhD Candidate, Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Brandy Harrell, Director of Behavioral Health, Kinston Community Health Center, Inc.,
  • Chris Smith, Director of Nursing, PORT Health
  • Moderator: Mark Botts, Associate Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government


Community Outreach and Education, July 18, 1:00-2:30 - Click HERE for more information and to access the recording.

This webinar will address key considerations for community outreach relating to opioids, highlight media resources available through the new “More Powerful NC” campaign, and explore outreach efforts in Mecklenburg County and Onslow County.


  • Steve Mange, Senior Policy Counsel, Office of Attorney General Josh Stein
  • Tobi Gilbert, Clinical Neuropsychologist & Psychologist, Jacksonville Police Department
  • Cindy Murphy, Director of Prevention and Intervention Services, Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center
  • Sara Smith, Communication Consultant, the NC Division of Public Health
  •  Moderator: Patrice Roesler, Manager of Elected Official Programming, UNC School of Government


Syringe Exchange Programs, August 15, 1:00-2:30 - Click HERE for more informatino and to access the recording.  

This webinar will introduce the policies and practices behind syringe exchange programs, and explore the experience with syringe exchange programs in two North Carolina communities.


  • Lillie Armstrong, Community Overdose Consultant, North Carolina Division of Public Health
  • Kristin Klinglesmith, Substance Use Public Health Educator, Cabarrus County
  • Diannee Carden-Glenn, Director, ekiM for Change Needle Exchange Program, Greenville
  • Moderator: Adam Lovelady, Associate Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government
There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Toogie Hampton

Director of Programming, Management, Administration, and Leadership Group
Associate Professor of Public Law and Government