NC Summit on Reducing Overdose

An event for county leaders, experts, providers, and those with lived experience

The NCACC is excited to announce an event to bring together local government leaders, subject matter experts, service providers, and people with lived experience working in crucial areas of the opioid overdose crisis, including in prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery efforts. This event will provide a space for county commissioners and staff and their community partners to participate in and learn from experts and each other over a two-day conference in Durham County.

Online registration for this event is now closed — limited on-site registration is subject to availability.

Summit Programming Tracks

Summit Agenda Overview

  • Rev. Michelle Mathis

    Rev. Michelle Mathis

    Executive Director of Olive Branch Ministry

    Wednesday, June 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Olive Branch Ministry is a faith-based harm reduction agency in North Carolina serving nine counties through overdose prevention and response, justice-centered education, syringe services programs, and low barrier/low threshold suboxone and Hepatitis C treatment. She is the Board Chair for the National Faith in Harm Reduction and was a 2022 recipient of the North Carolina Dogwood Award. With over 20 years of harm reduction-related experience, Michelle believes that honoring an individual’s journey, with compassion and love, is key to successful connection.

  • Dr. Stephen Loyd

    Dr. Stephen Loyd

    Chief Medical Officer for Cedar Recovery (Tennessee)
    Chair of the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council
    of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners

    Thursday, June 8 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

    Dr. Stephen Loyd is an Internal Medicine/Addiction Medicine physician who graduated medical school and residency from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. He currently serves as the Vice-President of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Loyd was the Assistant Commissioner (Opioid Czar) for Substance Abuse Services in the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Governor Bill Haslam’s administration. He has served as an expert witness in more than twenty federal and state cases against physicians who were improperly prescribing controlled substances. Dr. Loyd was named an Advocate for Action by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), an office of the President of the United States. He has delivered over five hundred educational lectures on addiction and treatment of opioid use disorder and proper prescribing of controlled substances. Dr. Loyd was an original member (still active) of the Treatment of Chronic Pain Guidelines Committee which defined pain treatment for providers in the state of Tennessee. He has worked as an Addiction Medicine Physician in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, specializing in the treatment of opioid dependent pregnant women. Dr. Loyd has served on multiple drug courts in Tennessee and remains an active participant in drug court in the 4th Judicial District under Judge Duane Slone. He has worked with multiple community level anti-drug coalitions from Johnson County to Shelby County and has worked with all levels of state law enforcement, mainly the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Cedar Recovery in Tennessee and is the current Chair of the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council appointed by current Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. Dr. Loyd has been in recovery from opioid and benzodiazepine addiction since July 8, 2004. 

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