Have You Registered for #PITA2017

Be sure to register and book your hotel by Thursday May 11th to guarantee your discounted room rate.

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Cleveland County’s Law Enforcement Renews Commitment


Local law enforcement is renews it commitment with Cleveland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition to help prevent underage drinking in the county.

On Feb. 28, leaders of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Police Department, Boiling Springs Police Department and N.C. Highway Patrol, came together to renew their commitment to working to prevent underage drinking in Cleveland County with a signing of a memorandum of understanding in partnership with the coalition.

The action plan strategies target two main ways young people often access alcohol according to youth surveys and focus group discussions; adults buying and supplying alcohol for underage drinkers and alcohol retailers selling alcohol to underage drinkers.

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2017 PITA Forum Call for Presentations

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 5:00PM EDT on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The North Carolina Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association (NCSAPPA) is pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for our 10th Prevention is the Answer (PITA) Forum. This networking forum is designed to give providers and coalition an opportunity to learn about changing trends, discuss pertinent policy changes, and share sustainability strategies.

We are seeking speakers with expertise on the following topics:

  • Grant-writing
  • Drug trends
  • Prescription medication misuse
  • Special populations (homeless, veteran, youth, LGBTQ, etc)
  • Coalition impact and/or environmental strategies
  • Prevention provider professional development
  • Prevention ethics (note: if you submit a proposal on this topic, you must provide a 3hr training session)

The Call for Presentations is open to all prevention providers; community anti-drug coalitions; government agencies with a focus on substance misuse, public health, and related disciplines.  Presentations will be offered during 90-minute workshop periods.

SPEAKER REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS: The first person presenting in a workshop receives a complimentary registration, the second person receives a discounted speaker rate of $30 and any additional speakers in the course will pay the applicable full rate.


Conference Information:

Monday June 12 – 13, 2017
McKinnon Hall, Elon University


Next Steps: 

Complete the attached 2017 PITA Program Proposal and return by Wednesday March 15, 2017.   If you have additional questions, please contact:

Nicole Augustine, MPH, MCHES, CSAPC
Marketing and Communications Committee Chair

CADCA’s 27th Annual National Leadership Forum

Are you attending CADCA this year?

The National Leadership Forum, February 6 – 9, 2017,  is located at the beautiful National Harbor.  This year’s Forum is focused on “Engineering Healthy Communities”.

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New Study Results on Opioid Use and Pain

A study of more than 100,000 surgical cases at University of Virginia (UVA) Health System found patients’ pain scores improved even as doctors gave fewer opioids.

Two key factors were associated with this finding:

  1. Opioids make patients more sensitive to pain, though the reason why that occurs is unclear. So reducing the amount of opioids given to patients might by itself improve pain scores.
  2. UVA began implementing the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program, which increased the use of non-opioid pain medications, such as lidocaine and acetaminophen, which is commonly used in over-the-counter pain medications. 

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