North Carolina Overdose Prevention Summit


Come and show your support for overdose prevention in NC on February 5th, 2013 and to find out why NC needs a 911 Good Samaritan and naloxone access law.


Featured speakers: 

*Detective Gary Martin, Palm Beach County, FL Sheriff's Office 

*Leilani Atillio, MPH, RN, Afghanistan and Iraq War Veteran and North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

*Robert Childs, MPH, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

*NC Legislators Concerned About Drug Overdose

*Rev. Fred Wells Brason, Project Lazarus

*Kay Sanford, MPH, Independent Consultant for Getting Evidence for OverDose Evaluations (GEODE)

*Chad Sanders, RN, Lost a loved one to a drug overdose

*BJ Sanders, Lost a loved one to a drug overdose

*Corey Davis, MSPH, Esq, Network for Public Health Law

*Michael Lancaster, MD, North Carolina Community Care, Inc

*Tessie Castillo, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

*Scott K. Proescholdbell, MPH, N.C. Division of Public Health


Event Registration

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Event Info

Legislative Building, 3rd floor, Legislative Building Auditorium

16 Jones St. 

Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00am - 12:00pm


Check-in begins at 8:00am 

Light refreshments will be provided.


Directions & Parking

Click here for a map and driving directions.  


Parking is available at the NC Museum/Government Center Parking Lot, at 100 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Enter through the main entry to the legislature at 16 West Jones Street and go up the red staircase, which leads to the legislative auditorium located on the third floor.


Speaker Bios:


Leilani Attilio, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC)

Leilani Attilio, MPH, RN is a overdose prevention coordinator for NCHRC.  She started employment at NCHRC as a harm reduction consultant after being a summer session intern at the NCHRC. She served as an Army Nurse Corp Officer for five years and completed two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a critical carenurse. She recently completed a Masters of Public Health.


Fred Brason, Project Lazarus

Fred Wells Brason II is the President/CEO of Project Lazarus, a community based opioid overdose prevention model reaching North Carolina and various parts of the USA including US Military and Tribal Groups and Project Director for Community Care of North Carolina’s Medicaid Management System Statewide Chronic Pain Initiative. Fred serves on the SAMHSA/CSAT Emerging Opioid Overdose Surveillance Group, is a member of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), serves on the Advisory Board for the NC Controlled Substance Reporting System, consults for the North Carolina Medical Society Opioid Death Reduction Task Force and Co-Chairs the SAMSHA/ASTHO expert panel for Opioid Prescriber toolkit publication. Fred has also served on the FDA scientific workshop committees for the role of Naloxone in Opioid Overdose Fatality Prevention and Assessment of Analgesic Treatment of Chronic Pain.


Tessie Castillo, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC)

Tessie serves as NCHRC’s Program Coordinator.  Tessie runs NCHRC's outreach (incarcerated, drug user, sex worker and migrant laborer), education and advocacy programs and is NCHRC lead reporter for NCHRC media pieces.  Prior to joining NCHRC, Tessie was an outreach worker for farm workers in Wake County, a case manager for refugees settling in the Triangle area, and a Spanish interpreter for survivors of human trafficking.


Robert Childs, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC)

Robert Childs, MPH has served as NCHRC’s Executive Director since 2009 and was just named one of five people who made a difference in HIV in the USA in 2011 by thebody.com.  In addition to performing executive functions, he is involved in all program activities including service delivery, program design, innovation and evaluation, resource development and organizing. Prior to joining NCHRC, Robert served as a Public Health Operations Manager and Program Director at Positive Health Project in New York City, where he oversaw the syringe exchange, arts programming, law enforcement relations (between drug users, sex workers and law enforcement), harm reduction programs serving drug users and sex workers and led research on the public health effects of people injecting in the public domain. Robert has worked in harm reduction for over 10 years and is considered an expert on syringe access, harm reduction, law enforcement and drug user interactions, sex work and overdose prevention and has spoken on such at the United Nations, the FDA, New York City Council and the North Carolina, New Hampshire and Oregon Legislatures.  He enjoys working on drug policy reform, improving the lives of vulnerable populations and spending time with his wife Paige, his son Abraham and dog Miss Baylah.


Corey Davis, MSPH, Esq, Network for Public Health Law

Corey Davis’s research focuses on the effects of law, policy and practice on the health, rights and dignity of drug users and other stigmatized people. As a researcher, he has published on the effects of law, policy and policing on the health of drug users as well as the legality of public health interventions such as SIFs, and was presented by the International AIDS Society with the Young Investigator Award  for work on the effects of a police crackdown on Philadelphia’s syringe exchange program. As an attorney, he has litigated civil rights cases before administrative agencies and in the state and federal courts. He directed the Harm Reduction Legal Project at Prevention Point Philadelphia from 2005 through 2008 and has worked with the University of Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and the Center for Health Law, Policy and Practice.  Corey currently serves on the board of the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition and works at the National Health Law Program in Carrboro, NC.


Michael Lancaster, MD, North Carolina Community Care, Inc

“As Director of Behavioral Health Services of the North Carolina Community Care Network, Inc.  (CCNC) since 2010, Mike Lancaster, MD, serves as the primary lead for the Behavioral Health Integration project and as a consultant and collaborator with the Community Care Networks and other stakeholders. He is the lead mental health champion to advocate for the implementation of evidence-based practices for integrated care in primary care settings across the CCNC Networks. He was previously Chief of Clinical Policy of DMH/DD/SAS from 2004 to 2010 and the Regional Medical Director for Value Options, Inc. from 1992 to 2004. Dr. Lancaster continues an active practice, primarily with children and adolescents. He is an active member of the APA, AACAP, NCCCAP, NCPA, and the Wake County Medical Society. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He did his residency in adult psychiatry and his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.”


Det. Gary Martin, PhD Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

During the past 19 years, Detective Gary Martin served as a homicide investigator in the Violent Crimes Division of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. In that capacity, Detective Martin investigates all manner of death. Since 2006, Detective Martin envisioned, designed, implemented and now manages the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Overdose Suppression Project. This innovative and comprehensive venture includes components dedicated to overdose research, public awareness and targeted law enforcement. In addition, Dr. Martin serves as the Associate Dean for Student Life at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. In that position, he oversees mental health treatment, substance abuse prevention, threat assessment, and health care services for 2500 university students. Dr. Martin also serves as Vice President of the Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education Task Force (NOPE). Dr. Martin holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and is a Florida licensed and nationally certified, Psychotherapist. He has designed and instructed university level courses on Personality Theory, Interpersonal Communications, Peer leadership, Current Perspectives in Substance Abuse, and Introduction to Psychology. He has designed and instructed professional seminars on Investigating Overdose Death and Understanding the Suicidal Mind.


Scott K. Proescholdbell, MPH, N.C. Division of Public Health

Mr. Proescholdbell joined the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) at the North Carolina Division of Public Health in June 2008 to head the Injury Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit where he is the Principle Investigator of the NC Violent Death Reporting System and is working to build capacity for injury surveillance.  He currently serves on several national working groups addressing drug overdose issues. He has an Adjunct Faculty appointment with the Department of Epidemiology at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Gilling’s Global School of Public Health. He has held several public health positions working for Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ), Arizona State University’s Prevention Research Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), RTI International and NC Tobacco Prevention.  Mr. Proescholdbell graduated from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.


BJ Sanders, Independent

BJ Sanders lost her daughter to a drug overdose and will be speaking about the importance of improving policies to prevent future overdose deaths.


Chad Sanders, RN, Independent

Chad Sanders lost his sister to a drug overdose and will be speaking about the importance of improving policies to prevent future overdose deaths.


Kay Sanford, MPH, Independent Consultant for Getting Evidence for OverDose Evaluations (GEODE)

Catherine (Kay) Sanford, MSPH, is a nationally recognized epidemiologist in the field of drug overdose and poison prevention.  During the time Kay was North Carolina’s State Injury Epidemiologist (2000 to 2007), she discovered the state’s prevalence of fatal drug overdoses had reached epidemic proportions, requested the country’s first CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) investigation of unintentional poisonings, and facilitated the country’s first state-level task force on preventing deaths from drug overdoses.  Since her retirement from the NC Division of Public Health in 2007, Kay was a founding member of Project Lazarus, and currently serves as a GEODE (Getting Evidence for OverDose Evaluations) consultant for the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) and PIRE to evaluate the effectiveness of community-based drug overdose prevention programs like Project Lazarus and the Chronic Pain Initiative in North Carolina, and as adjunct faculty for the Gillings School of Public Health Department of Maternal and Child Health.   



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