Join OrthoCarolina Research Institute on Tuesday, September 10 for an honest conversation about the opioid epidemic and how it's impacting today's high school and college students. We hope you will join us for this FREE event at the Knight Theater starting at 6:30 p.m. We encourage parents to accompany high school students and continue the conversation at home.
Everyday, an estimated 130+ Americans die from an opioid-related drug overdose and nearly 80% of heroin users reported misusing prescription opioids prior to heroin. Here at OrthoCarolina, we believe it's our responsibility to do our part in finding alternatives to opioids for our patients and to educate the public of the dangers related to opioid use and abuse. That's why we started the Carolinas Opioid Reducation Effort (CORE Project) and why we are hosting this free community event.
Our passionate panelists will have a candid discussion about how opioids have impacted their lives as physicians, professional athletes, and through the loss of a child.
Sarah-Blake Morgan (Moderator)
Award-winning TV journalist, Associated Press
Sarah-Blake Morgan has reported across the United States and around the world for local and international news organizations, shooting, writing and editing her stories. Sarah Blake's reporting has taken her to Cuba in the days following Fidel Castro's death, through the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina as protesters marched through tear gas and into the homes of grieving mothers who have lost their children to tragic overdoses. Sarah Blake has found while each narrative may be different, the human connection is almost always the same. Everyone has their own story to tell, they just need the right moment to do so.
Speaker, Advocate, Founder of Hunter Dalton HDLife Foundation
Debbie Dalton's life was forever changed when she lost her 23 year old son Hunter to an accidental overdose on December 4, 2016. Hunter's death shocked his family and friends and inspired them to start the Hunter Dalton HDLife Foundation. The Foundation focuses on prevention and awareness regarding recreational drug use especially in light of the introduction of illicit Fentanyl to today's drug culture. Debbie's life now is a life of advocacy.
Dr. Pat Connor
OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Surgeon, Panthers Team Physician
Dr. Pat Connor is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon specializing in shoulder and elbow injuries as well as trauma. On Sundays in the fall, you may even spot him on the Carolina Panthers sideline where he serves as the Lead Team Physician.
Dr. Nady Hamid
OrthoCarolina Elbow and Shoulder Surgeon, CORE Project Principal Investigator
Dr. Nady Hamid specializes in treating disorders of the shoulder and elbow. The CORE Project developed out of a study that was conducted by Dr. Hamid for patients needing a total shoulder arthroplasty. Starting in March 2018, OrthoCarolina Research Institute expanded the trial across different types of orthopedic surgeries and to include more patients.
Dr. Joseph Hsu
Atrium Health, Orthopedic Trauma
Joseph R. Hsu, MD, is the vice chair of quality of Atrium Health's Musculoskeletal Institute, professor of orthopaedic trauma and director of the limb lengthening and deformity program. Much of Dr. Hsu’s research now involves guiding safe opioid prescribing and true multimodal pain management for clinicians.
Former Carolina Panthers Kicker
Former Carolina Panthers Wide Receiver
Founder of Michael's VOICE Inc.
Betsy's son, Michael Betsy’s son, Michael, struggled with heroin addiction for over 10 years. He died on January 17, 2016 of an accidental overdose in Charlotte NC, in his childhood bedroom. He was 30 years old. Michael’s VOICE was founded because Betsy was shocked by the families who were suffering in silence due to the shame and stigma surrounding the disease of substance use disorder. Michael’s VOICE focuses on education, awareness, activism and family support. Betsy leads weekly and monthly support groups for those who love someone with substance use disorder.
Former Carolina Panthers Defensive End
Dr. Don Teater
Teater Health Solutions, Opioid Educator
As a family physician in western North Carolina, Dr. Don Teater became aware of the problems associated with opioid pain medications years ago. In 2004, he started a clinic to treat those addicted to opioids in his primary care practice. Currently, Dr. Teater contracts with the Center for Disease Control on the academic detailing of prescribers to educate them on the appropriate use of opioids for the treamtment of pain.
The OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI) is proud to present Painful Truth as an extension of our CORE Project.
OCRI exists to work with physicians and partners to facilitate relevant orthopedic research that advances orthopedic treatments, improves quality of life for patients, and educates the medical community.
The goal of the Carolinas Opioid Reduction Effort (CORE) Project strategy is to find alternatives to opioids and disseminate findings to patients, providers, and healthcare systems in the Carolinas and beyond.
The project focuses on reducing avoidable opioid prescribing and consumption in elective orthopedic surgery.
This event is made possible by The Duke Endowment.
Since 1924, The Duke Endowment has worked to help people and strengthen communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
6:30 PM EDT - 8:00 PM EDT
430 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Admission and parking are FREE for this event.