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October 3, 2019 8:15 am

Western Carolina University

1 University Way, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Opioid & Addiction Crisis in WNC Town Hall
Western Carolina University

October 3, 2019

The overall goal of this project is to raise awareness of the opioid and addiction crisis in WNC and to formulate tangible next steps that will make a significant and lasting contribution to the well-being of the region’s people. To that end, WCU’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise (CSFE) is teaming up with Jackson County Community

Foundation (JCCF) to organize an awareness campaign for September, 2019, capped off by a town hall event on October 3 on WCU’s main campus in Cullowhee, NC.

 Town Hall Event Agenda:

 8:15 am Registration, Gather

 8:30 Welcome & Introductions: WCU Chancellor Kelli R. Brown

 8:45-9:30 Opening Keynote: Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

 9:45-10:45 Panel Discussion 1: Holly Jones, Community Partnerships and Outreach Coordinator at NC

department of Justice, NC Superior Court Judge Bradley Letts (invited), WCU alumnus

Kevin Rumley, Veterans Treatment Coordinator

11:00-12:00 Panel discussion 2: WCU faculty experts Beth Young (Social Work), Al Kopak

(Criminology & Criminal Justice), April Messer (Nursing), Audrey Redford (Economics)

12:15-1:00 Closing Keynote: TBD

1:00 pm Breakout Working Groups by Topic: Assessment, Treatment, Social Marketing, Public

Policy (registration required, box lunch is provided)

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CSFE’s mission is to provide economics research and thought leadership on issues pertaining to economic development in

North Carolina, the region, and beyond, by conducting scholarly inquiry, policy analysis, educational activities, and community outreach on the role of free enterprise in a flourishing society. Learn more at, and email us at .