2024 Addiction Medicine Conference

SAVE THE DATE: April 19-20, 2024  Hybrid Event

(In Person in Asheville, NC or Virtual Attendance Available)  

Addiction Medicine 2024 will provide clinically relevant SUD knowledge and skills for physicians, APPs and other providers working in a variety of healthcare settings. Join us in person as we explore addiction medicine. Conference will be held in Asheville, NC at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel or you can participate from anywhere with our virtual registration options.

Renaissance Asheville Hotel: 31 Woodfin St. Asheville, NC 28801

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2023 Agenda

Below is the agenda from the 2023 Addiction Medicine Conference. Save the Date for Addiction Medicine 2024 (April 19-20).


March 24

Welcome Breakfast [7:00AM - 8:00AM]

Opening Plenary [8:00AM - 10:00AM]

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks – Sara McEwen, MD, MPH and James W. Finch, MD, DFASAM
  • Emerging Trends in Overdose Mortality Against the Backdrop of Growing Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Co-Use: Implications for Public Health – Jon E. Zibbell, PhD
  • Substance Use Data Epidemiology Update – Mary Beth Cox, MPH
  • Clinical Application: Impact of Usage Trends on Urine Drug Screening – Cauveh Erami, MD
  • Clinical Application: Evolution of Fentanyl: Understanding the Relevance of Xylazine – Robyn Jordan, MD, PhD and Zoe McElligott, PhD 

Morning Break [10:00AM - 10:30AM]

Morning Plenary [10:30AM - 12:15PM]

  • Methamphetamine vs Prescription Stimulant Misuse: What is the same and what is different? – Ashwin Patkar, MD, MRCPsych, DFASAM, DFAPA
  • Update on CDC Guidelines Revision: Has Anything Actually Improved? – Steven Prakken, MD
  • Harm Reduction Model Applied to Prescribing Controlled Medications – James Finch, MD, DFASAM 
  • Alcohol Use and Misuse: What’s Safe? – J. Paul Martin, MD, FAAFP, DFASAM 

Lunch with LIVE Executive Sponsor [12:15PM - 1:15PM]

Special Presentation from Gilead Sciences

Afternoon Plenary [1:15PM - 3:00PM]

  • Cannabis Update – Cynthia Kuhn, PhD
  • New Drugs on the Radar – Cynthia Kuhn, PhD
  • Addressing Adolescent Substance Use: A Trauma-Informed, Culturally Responsive, and Systems-Thinking Approach – Courtney L. McMickens, MD, MPH, MHS, and Angela Tunno, PHD, MS
  • Tobacco/Nicotine Updates for Clinicians – Michael Baca-Atlas, MD DFASAM

Afternoon Break [3:00PM - 3:30PM]

Afternoon Workshops: [3:30PM - 5:00PM]

  • Applying the Trauma-Informed, Culturally Responsive, and Systems-Thinking Mindset to Adolescent Substance Use​ – Courtney L. McMickens, MD, MPH, MHS, and Angela Tunno, PHD, MS
  • OTP Open Session: Toolkit Development to Enhance Accessibility of MOUD in the Criminal Justice System – Elijah Bazemore, Eric Morse, MD and Tremaine Sawyer LCSW, LCAS-A
  • Pain Co-Occurring with Substance Use Disorder/Mental Health Disorder: Case Based Discussion – Steven Prakken, MD
  • Finding Balance: Co-morbid Medical Condition Management in Individuals Receiving SUD Treatment – Melinda Ramage, FNP-BC, CARN-AP, Lawrence Greenblatt, MD, and Jessica McSurdy, MD

NC Society of Addiction Medicine Networking Reception [5:00PM - 6:00PM]

  • NC Society of Addiction Medicine Networking Reception 

March 25

Breakfast with LIVE Premier Sponsor [7:00AM - 8:00AM]

Special Presentation from US WorldMeds

Morning Plenary [8:00AM - 10:00AM]

  • Risks of Not Providing MOUD: Review of Opioid Withdrawal Morbidity and Mortality – Rachel Graves, MD
  • MOUD in Criminal Justice Settings: Legal Imperatives, ADA Compliance and Benefits of MOUD for Criminal Justice Populations – Shelly Weizman, JD
  • Implementation of MOUD in Jail Settings  – Elijah Bazemore and Tremaine Sawyer, LCSW, LCAS-A
  • Calling all Physicians: Learn how to Take Action with the NC Opioid Settlement Funds – Robyn Jordan, MD, PhD  and Nidhi Sachdeva, MPH

Morning Break [10:00AM - 10:30AM]

Morning Workshops [10:30AM - 12:00PM]

  • Updates on the Medical Management of Patients with an Opioid Use Disorder- Stephen Wyatt, DO and Eric Morse, MD 
  • Perinatal Systems of Care: Understanding the Systems that Affect Pregnant and Postpartum People with Substance Use Disorders​ – Melinda Ramage, FNP, Tammy Cody, MSW, LCSW and Nicole Ross, LCAS
  • SUD and Psychiatric Comorbidity: An Interactive, Case-based Workshop – Roy Stein, MD and Jessica McSurdy, MD
  • Building Workforce Capacity to Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Developing a Shared Language – Deena Murphy, PhD and Nicole M. Augustine, MPH, MCHES, PS

Lunch [12:00PM - 1:00PM]

Special Presentation of the 2023 Glaser Award

Afternoon Plenary [1:00PM - 2:30PM]

Brief Look into Hot Topics
  • Counterpoints: Advising Patients Regarding Alcohol Use: Moderation or Abstinence? – James Finch, MD, DFASAM
  • ASAM Criteria 4th Edition: Major Changes – Stephen Wyatt, DO
  • To Stimulate or Not to Stimulate: Treatment of Co-occurring ADHD in Patients with SUD – Ashwin Patkar, MD, MRCPsych, DFASAM, DFAPA 
  • Urine Drug Screens: Test It or Flush It? – Lawrence Greenblatt, MD

Afternoon Break [2:30PM - 2:45PM]

Afternoon Plenary: [2:45PM - 4:00PM]

Focus on Effective Use of Peers

  • Facilitating Engagement with Peer Support​ – James Finch, MD, DFASAM
  • To Infinity and Beyond SUD Treatment: Peer Support Specialists – Michael Baca-Atlas, MD, DFASAM and Johnnie Henley 

Physician Registration

In-State Physician – $400
Single Day – $225

Out-of-State Physician – $450
Single Day – $250

Non-Physician Registration

Non-Physician – $350
Single Day – $200

Virtual Only Registration

Physician (In-State & Out-of-State) – $200

Non-Physician – $170

*Plenaries and Workshops will be offered

Travel & Lodging

Hotel Accommodations – Asheville, NC

Parking – Asheville, NC

Guests staying overnight at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel will have a discounted self-parking rate of $22 per vehicle/per day. Attendees driving in will be subject to the hourly parking rates below:

  • 0-2 Hours $5
  • 2-5 Hours $10
  • 5-6 Hours $15
  • 6-24 hours $22

Alternative Parking Nearby (5 minute walk) – College Street Parking Deck has a $12 max daily rate


Conference Credit

American Society of Addiction Medicne (ASAM) Joint Providership: Application for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) will be reviewed for Accredited Continuing Education (CME/CE).

ACAAM/ABAM: This activity will be reviewed by the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine a recommended educational activity.

Continuing Pharmacy Education: The North Carolina Association of Pharmacists will review 2023 Addition Medicine Conference for CPE approval.

North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board: North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board will review the 2023 Addiction Medicine Conference for approval.

Thank you for your support


Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

Division of Public Health

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration


North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine

Sponsors & Exhibitors

The 2023 Addiction Medicine Conference Exhibit Hall is LIVE!

The 14th annual Addiction Medicine Conference will be held IN-PERSON next year in Asheville, North Carolina. Reserve a spot and mark your calendars March 24-25, 2023. Don’t miss this marque opportunity to connect with hundreds of health care professionals, as they return to the downtown Marriott Renaissance for two days of top-notch education and networking opportunities.


2023 Executive Sponsor

2023 Premier Sponsor

2023 Exhibitors



This award was developed to honor one of the pioneers of Addiction Medicine in North Carolina. Dr. Frederick Glaser demonstrated a commitment to this field of medicine from early in his career.

He received his M.D. from Harvard University in 1959 and then served his residency at the U.S. Public Health Service Narcotics Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Glaser went on to have a distinguished career in the field of substance abuse, including the study of opiates and alcohol.

He has held a variety of positions in the United States and Canada, serving as the director of the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center from 1989 to 1994 before becoming Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division on Substance Abuse at the East Carolina University School of Medicine.