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Substance Use and the Workplace Community Forum

  • Foothills Higher Education Center 2128 South Sterling Street Morganton, NC, 28655 United States (map)

Substance Use and the Workplace Community Forum

Forum Resources

This forum featured speakers discussing substance use issues and reducing both the supply and demand for opioids through employer-sponsored health plans along with a keynote address by Attorney General Josh Stein. 

Burke County Facts

  • Since 1999, more than 13,000 deaths in NC

  • Drug overdoses are now the #1 source of accidental
    deaths in NC – more than auto crashes

  • 1.3 billion total combined costs in 2015 alone

  • You can do something about it

Important Details

  • RSVP by 01/14

  • at the Foothills Higher Education Center

  • 01/16 starts at 7:30 am

  • FREE, breakfast included

  • CPA and HRCI credit hours

Where does change begin?

Nationally Recognized Speakers

NC Attorney General Josh Stein

NC Attorney General Josh Stein

Josh Stein was sworn in as North Carolina’s 50th Attorney General on January 1, 2017. Stein has made combatting the opioid crisis a top priority. His office drafted the STOP Act to reduce the number of people who become addicted to opioids through smarter prescribing practices and the Synthetic Opioid Control Act to close loopholes in state criminal lawconcerning fentanyl. Both laws passed the General Assembly unanimously and were signed into law by the Governor.

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Mark Pew, Senior Vice President of PRIUM and The RxProfessor

Recipient of WorkCompCentral’s Magna Comp Laude award in 2016, the IAIABC’s Samuel Gompers Award in 2017, and named one of the “Best Blogs” of 2016 and 2017, he is relevant and respected...

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Karen Kirkpatrick, Owner of On Your Mark Consulting

A nationally recognized speaker, Karen brings the audience intense payroll, HR or benefits (including ACA) regulations in an easy‐to‐understand format. She is known for not only her compliance expertise, but her ability to make sense of compliance...

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Carl Schuessler, Managing Principal of BenefitStrategies, LLC and Mitigate Partners, LLC

With over 25 years of experience in employee and executive benefits consulting and financial planning experience, Carl offers clients improved cash flow, saves money and retains well-structured employee benefit and financial planning solutions. He is also an accomplished speaker and author....

Cristy Gupton, Custom Benefits Solutions

Cristy Gupton, President of Custom Benefits Solutions

Cristy Gupton is the co-creator of this forum and President of Custom Benefits Solutions, an employee benefits consulting firm. Cristy has seen that bringing attention to the cost/quality dilemma in healthcare can transform an employer's health plan, taking it from multi-year cost increases to a zero-trend, high-performing health plan...

Full Agenda

7:30 - 8:15        Registration and Breakfast

8:15 - 8:30        Welcome and Introductions

8:30 - 10:30      Panelist Presentations and Q&A

10:30 - 10:45     Vendor Break

10:45 - 11:00     Best Practices in Employee Education on Pain Management

11:00 - 12:00     Keynote Finale: NC Attorney General Josh Stein

If you have any further questions, please contact Cristy Gupton (828-413-3581) or Lisa Moore (828-764-9218).