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Sunday, March 25 • 11:00am - 12:25pm
Working to Overcome Stigma and Ensure Access to Healthcare for All Substance Users

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Substance use disorders are commonly associated with criminal or moral behavior. As a result, care delivery for individuals occur separately from mental and other health care services. Traditional health care systems do not integrate prevention and treatment options for substance misuse into their agencies and resources are limited due to minimal or no insurance coverage. The separation of substance abuse treatment from general medical services limits accessibility and perpetuates both community and medical provider stigma around substance abuse diagnosis and treatment.
Substance misuse is a mental, behavioral and neurodevelopmental disorder. Acknowledging it as such is a step towards the right direction for solving the larger problem. Our region has relied on the public health response which is delayed and uncoordinated. Evidence-based medical interventions suggest that integrated holistic care for prevention, treatment, and recovery services is key to effectively care for all substance users. This session will discuss the unique challenges for Wilmington, NC where the stage is set for handling the substance abuse crisis. 


Margaret Bordeaux

Margaret Bordeaux, a Wilmington native and HIV/AIDS case manager, helps NCHRC organize HIV+ &/or Hepatitis C+ people, as well as people impacted by the war on drugs in the community and places where incarcerated people reside.  Margaret also runs the Wilmington area volunteer programs... Read More →

Raymond Smith

Raymond Smith is currently the Operations Manager for Environmental Services for New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  In his spare time, he is involved in recovery from addiction activities from 12 step fellowship participation to being active with the B.A.C.K.O.F.F. Brunswick program... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:25pm EDT