Session Law 2015-241, Section 12F.16 (m) created the Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee to develop and implement a statewide strategic plan to combat the problem of prescription drug use in North Carolina. With the leadership of the NC DHHS, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services and support from the National Governors Association and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a group of more than 150 stakeholders worked together to develop the 2016 N.C. Strategic Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse.
Session Law 2017-57 renamed the group to the Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee (OPDAAC).
OPDAAC has evolved from its initial role of implementing DHHS’s opioid strategic plan to a community of practice for anyone working to address the opioid epidemic from prescribers, treatment, recovery and community groups, families who have lost loved ones to overdose, health systems, pharmaceutical industry, harm reduction and law enforcement. All perspectives are welcomed and heard.
Meetings are designed to focus on priorities of the NC Opioid Action Plan with expert speakers and panels composed of groups implementing strategies to present their work. Participants have the opportunity to meet and network the best subject matter experts in the state and learn diverse perspectives. Every other year OPDAAC convenes a 2-day statewide opioid summit where national speakers and state leaders present and skill-building breakout sessions are held. OPDAAC’s membership has grown from 80 participants to a listserv of over 750 members representing a diverse network of individuals and groups working to address the overdose epidemic.
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Next OPDAAC Meetings
March 2023, date TBD; This meeting will be held in a hybrid format (in-person and virtual). More information coming soon.
North Carolina's Opioid Action Plan
North Carolina Safer Syringe Initiative
North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention Strategic Plan, 2015 - 2020
Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit
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