County Leadership Forum on Opioid Abuse

The purpose of the County Leadership Forum on Opioid Abuse is to engage local elected leaders in an informed discussion about the opioid epidemic, and develop collaborative strategies that enhance prevention, education, and treatment.


  • to elevate the awareness of all local elected officials so they have a common understanding of the opioid epidemic in their county; 
  • to discuss its causes, its effects on citizens, and its implications for the county’s future;
  • to educate local elected leaders about successful prevention and treatment programs and  provider resources available in their county;
  • to generate coordinated education, prevention and treatment strategies to reduce the occurrence of opioid addiction, overdose, and death.  

County Leadership Forums Scheduled


 County                    Date  Location
Brunswick February 28  St. James Reserve Club
Davidson May 5 Davidson County Community College
Hyde July 13 Hyde County Government Center
(Teleconference: Ocracoke Community Center)
August 16  Commissioners Meeting Room
Randolph August 18 AVS Banquet Centre
Warren August 21 Armory Civic Center
Pender August 29 Burgaw Train Depot
August 29 Badin Inn
Rowan August 30 Rowan County EOC / Cooperative Extension
Mitchell August 31 Mitchell County Courthouse 
September 7 Kannapolis City Hall 
Bladen  September 12 Bladen Community College
Person September 13 Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
Pasquotank, Camden, Perquimans,
Bertie, Chowan, Currituck, Gates
September 14 K.E. White Center at Elizabeth City State University
Harnett September 20 Harnett County Commons Area
Beaufort September 21 Beaufort County Community College
Craven September 22 TBA 
Rockingham (audio recording of meeting) September 29 TBA 
Wilkes September 29 Wilkes County Agricultural Center
Halifax October 11  Ervin V. Griffin Sr. Centre
Granville, Vance October 17  Vance Granville Community College Civic Center
Rutherford October 17 Isothermal Community College - The Foundation Performing Arts Center
Polk October 24 Sunnydale Cabin
Martin, Tyrrell, Washington October 26 Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center
Johnston  November 3 Johnston County Agricultural Center
Columbus  November 8 Southeastern Community College Auditorium 
Macon  November 28 Robert C. Carpenter Community Building
Pitt December 5 Ag Center Auditorium
Alamance  December 8  Lamb’s Chapel – Airport Campus 
Durham  February 27 (2018) Durham County Human Services Building

*Please email when your forum is scheduled and to submit your follow-up report. 

Target Participants  

  • County Commissioners
  • Municipal Council members from every municipality within the county 
  • School Board members and superintendents from every LEA within the county
  • County Sheriff
  • Chief District Court Judge for the county’s judicial district
If there are existing efforts underway in your county, please consider ways to include them in your Leadership Forum.  Having all the elected officials know and understand what is available in the county, as well as what might be missing, will strengthen everyone’s resolve to reverse the epidemic trends.  

Examples of other community leaders you might want to include

  • Representative of the county medical society or the local physicians’ community, as well as pharmacists and physical therapists (consult with Board of Health or Medical Society as needed to identify a participant);
  • District Attorney or designee;
  • Chief Executive Officer of your local hospital;
  • President of the Community College;
  • Municipal Police Chiefs and First Responders

County Leadership Forums in the News

U.S. Communities can be a key partner in fighting opioid crisis

NACo/County News

 "The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history with more than 170 people estimated to die from overdoses every day in the United States. According to STAT, opioids could kill nearly 650,000 people across America in the next decade. The race to solve the unrelenting opioid crisis is a top priority in communities small and large." 

Read the full story here.

Video Produced by New Hanover County