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MEDIA ADVISORY: THURSDAY, MAY 9, 8:00AM-5:00PM

Second Annual Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Conference

Co-Hosted by North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Community Health Center Association

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VENUE: NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY STUDENT CENTER, 500 NELSON ST., DURHAM, N.C. 27707

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and North Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) will host the 2nd annual Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Conference (also known as the Medication Assisted Treatment Conference) at the NCCU Student Center in Durham on Thursday, May 9, 2024.

According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, more than 28,000 North Carolinians lost their lives to drug overdose from 2000-2020.

With a focus on expanding treatment access to address opioid use disorder, the one-day conference will bring together over 100 attendees, ranging from behavioral health providers to senior leadership and staff from NCCU, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, EMS, harm reduction, free and charitable clinics, and other NC safety-net partners, to discuss the latest on providing effective and equitable MOUD (Medication for Opioid Use Disorder) services.

View the event program here.

Registration is required. Members of the press can inquire with the contacts listed above about limited access to the event and/or interviews with presenters or spokespeople.

CONTACT: Stacie Borrello, Communications and External Affairs Manager, North Carolina Community Health Center Association

About MOUD / MAT

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) or Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and other therapeutic techniques, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Medications relieve the withdrawal systems and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. Research has shown that when provided at the proper dose, medications used in MAT have no adverse effects on a person’s intelligence, mental capability, or physical functioning.

About NCCHCA

The North Carolina Community Health Center Association represents 43 Community Health Center (CHC) organizations that operate over 500 clinical sites in 88 N.C. counties and served 752,000 patients in 2021. CHCs are federally funded, nonprofits organizations that have a mission of providing integrated primary, dental, and behavioral health care to underserved and rural communities, without regard for insurance status or ability to pay.

About North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Consistently ranked as a top Historically Black College or University, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, education, law, business, nursing and the arts. Founded in 1910 and located in the Research Triangle Region, NCCU remains committed to diversity in and access to higher education. NCCU is a leader in the scientific study of health disparities and provides students with the opportunity to gain laboratory skills and experience working with faculty researchers and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry professionals in two, state-of-the-art research institutes that are housed on campus. For more information, visit www.nccu.edu or call (919) 530-6100.

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