Substance Abuse & Mental Health Symposium Set for May 19 at RCC to Focus on Prescribed Addiction

ASHEBORO (March 31, 2017)

Addiction to prescribed painkillers will be the topic of an upcoming symposium at Randolph Community College in May.

The “2017 Substance Abuse & Mental Health Symposium: The Prescribed Addiction” is scheduled for 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, May 19 in the JB and Claire Davis Corporate Training Center in the Continuing Education and Industrial Center at 413 Industrial Park Avenue. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered.

Two keynote speakers, Dr. Emily Mullen and Dr. Shawn Dalton-Bethea, will discuss the growing issue, as well as alternatives to pain meds for managing chronic pain.

Dr. Mullen is associate program director of the internal medicine residency program for Cone Health and assistant professor of medicine for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Dalton-Bethea has been a practicing medicine and rehabilitation specialist since January 2006. She is certified in pain medicine and board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

The symposium will also feature a community panel of individuals who have personally dealt with addiction and relapse related to the use of prescribed pain medications.

In addition, a brief overview will be given of the following upcoming classes at RCC: “Mental Health First Aid” and “Health & Wellness Coach.”
Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the cost is only $20. Scholarships are available. Space is limited, so register early by calling 336-633-0268.

Randolph Community College gratefully acknowledges the grant support of the Randolph Health Community Foundation. The Randolph Health Community Foundation is an endowment funding the health and wellness projects of community nonprofits.