Local organization to host Eastern NC Drug Summit

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The drug epidemic across the state continues growing, and now, one local organization is educating the public to try to slow it down.

It’s all part of the 2nd annual Eastern North Carolina Drug Summit hosted by the PEACE Foundation.

Teachers, parents, substance abuse counselors, and community members will come together to talk about prevention, education, and awareness.

Foundation Director Shannon Rouse-Ruiz says speakers from various organizations will talk about many issues driving the drug epidemic.

“Ultimately our goal is to stop the stigma of addiction and then show that once you are an addict, you don’t always have to be an addict,” Rouse-Ruiz said.

Tim Ryan with A Man in Recovery Foundation will speak, along with officials from Trillium Healthcare, a harm reduction organization, the SBI, and a trafficking organization.

The conference takes place at the Lenoir County Shrine Club Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To register, call the PEACE Foundation at 252-525-6139 or 252-521-6989. Registration is also available starting at 7:45 Friday morning. The $20 fee includes a catered lunch.

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