Legislation

NC Medical Board’s position on use of controlled substances presented to BSAN

On Monday, August 24, 2015,  R. David Henderson, the Director and CEO of the NC Medical Board (NCMB), invited by the Medical Staff of Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge, addressed interested members of Burke Substance Abuse Network (BSAN), offering the NCMB’s position statement on the prescribing of controlled substances. John Whalley from AccessCare and Burke Integrated Care, an…

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BSAN Meeting Minutes – July 2015

BSAN Meeting Minutes, July 2015 Thirty six people were present at the Morganton Community House on Friday, July 31 for this 7:30am breakfast meeting. Burke Recovery Board member Rita Gallagher offered the invocation. Joe Marks of Burke Recovery welcomed the group and began the meeting by offering coalition members the opportunity to provide the group…

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BSAN Meeting Notes – Friday March 27, 2015

Burke Substance Abuse Network Meeting Notes March 27, 2015 Fifty-five people were present at this meeting held at 7:30am at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Derrick Reynolds, Flynn Recovery Community Board member, offered the invocation. Introductions and updates were made around the room. These included: Ashley Simmons with the Burke County Health Department announced that…

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NC is To #3 Controlled Drug Prescribers According to NPR Story

Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face Medicare Scrutiny From NPR, Dec 15, 2014 “Within the past year, Medicare has started to use prescribing data to identify potentially problematic doctors, as have some state medical boards. Beginning in mid-2015, Medicare will have the authority to kick doctors out of the program if they prescribe in abusive…

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To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents – NPR Podcast

NPR – December 15, 2014 When it comes to teenage drinking, the typical venue is a party — where some teens play drinking games and binge. It may surprise you to learn that the majority of parents are aware that alcohol is flowing at these events…. Listen to the story here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/12/15/370139147/to-stop-teen-drinking-parties-fine-the-parents?sc=17&f=1001&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

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BSAN Meeting Notes, October 31, 2014

Burke Substance Abuse Network Meeting Notes |  October 31, 2014 Fifty people were present at the Morganton Community House for breakfast at 7:30 am. Jim VanHecke opened the meeting and invocation and with a request for introductions. New and prior BSAN members stood and gave their name and their business or affiliation. Following, Jim gave an…

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BSAN Meeting Notes – Sept 26, 2014

Burke Substance Abuse Network Meeting Notes – September 26, 2014 Fifty-six people were present at the Morganton Community House for breakfast at 7:30 am. Renee Lewis gave the invocation. Jim opened the meeting with BSAN announcements: Kate B. Reynolds Healthy Places – Through this initiative, the KBR Trust plans to invest $100 million in 10 to 15 counties…

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BSAN Meeting Notes – 7/25/14 – Sept Recovery Month

Burke Substance Abuse Network July 25, 2014 Meeting Notes 52 people were present at the Community House. Jim noted that 25 people called and reported interest but who could not come but expressed interest and support. Jim VanHecke, Executive Director of Burke Council on Alcoholism Welcome and presented a song by David Roth as invocation.…

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BSAN Meeting Report, Naloxone as Overdose Prevention, 3/28/14

Burke Substance Abuse Network Meeting Notes Friday, March 28, 2014 The group met at the Community House at 7:30 am for a breakfast meeting.  Fifty-six people were present. Jim Van Hecke welcomed the group. Robert Murray from Burke County Public Schools gave the invocation. Introductions were made around the room, inviting new attendees to explain…

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From NPR: Heroin Epidemic Traced to Prescription Pads

Spike In Heroin Use Can Be Traced To Prescription Pads by LAURA SULLIVAN February 04, 2014 6:11 PM Read or listen to the full story on NPR’s website. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought attention to a grim reality of drug abuse in America — most notably with the increasing use of heroin. Hoffman was…

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