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February 25, 2023

Christ the King Church 4405 Hope Valley Road, Durham, North Carolina 27707, US

Opioid use and Marijuana use are on the rise in the United states.  New data from the CDC documents that estimated overdose deaths from opioids increased from 50,963 in 2019 to 69,710 in 2020. Overdose deaths from synthetic opioids (primarily fentanyl) and psychostimulants such as methamphetamine also increased in 2020 compared to 2019. Marijuana is readily accepted by many as a safe recreational drug, but research shows that it can have a devastating impact on the individual and on families and communities. It is important to understand the magnified impact of ever increasingly strong delivery methods of THC.

As those who care for others, we need accurate information to make ethically sound decisions and recommendations when it comes to potentially harmful drugs. We also need to understand the potential benefits of these drugs to decide if the benefit outweighs the risk. We will look at the latest research on Marijuana and Opioids, discuss the societal impact of addiction and learn to communicate the risks to our patients effectively.

We will then have a bonus session on Right of Conscience Issues in North Carolina. The laws are changing and are affecting how we practice medicine, and how we are or are not protected when we need to make ethical decisions grounded in our faith. We will explore issues that affect our everyday practice of medicine.

As Christians, we have to ask the deeper questions of morality. Are we leading others toward addiction? Do we have the responsibility to refrain from certain prescriptions on a moral basis? Can we provide excellent healthcare taking a different route? How loudly should we use our voice to inform others?

We hope you will join us for this deeply thought-provoking day.  You will be informed, encouraged and hopefully feel confident in making wise decisions and helping others do likewise.

Category Cost
Non-CMDA member healthcare professional $125
CMDA member healthcare professional $75
Ministry professional (pastor, missionary, etc.) $50
Student/CMDA Staff $0

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Tom Murry, PharmD, JD is a husband, father, veteran, prosecutor, and pharmacist. Tom grew up as a preacher’s kid and a teacher’s kid which instilled in him the values of faith, family, and hard work. Tom earned his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the University of Arkansas College of Pharmacy and his Juris Doctorate (JD) from Campbell University School of Law. Tom and his wife Tamara have a daughter in college, a daughter in high school, and a son in third grade. His public service includes serving as an At-Large member on the Morrisville Town Council and as a member of the NC House of Representatives. As an attorney, Tom has worked as an Assistant District Attorney and as Chief of Staff for the NC Judicial Branch working with the Chief Justice. As a pharmacist, Tom has over twenty years experience in community pharmacy practice. Tom serves as a Judge Advocate in the North Carolina Army National Guard and deployed to the Middle East in 2017-18 in support of the Global War on Terror. He also served as a full-time legal assistance attorney from 2019-2020 assisting Soldiers and their family members, and military retirees with their personal legal needs. Additionally, Tom is an adjunct professor at Regent University School of Law teaching health care law.

Bill Claytor, Jr., DDS, FAGD, MAGD, PA is a dentist in private practice in Shelby, NC. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the North Carolina Dental Society, and currently is serving a three-year term (2015- 2018) as a Board Member with the Dental Well-Being Advisory Committee (DWAC) of the American Dental Association in Chicago. He has been awarded the coveted Fellowship and Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry and has also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Union College (KY). He did dual degrees in Chemistry and Geology at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and completed a two year General Practice Residency in Charleston at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2017, Dr. Claytor was appointed as Adjunct Professor in Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. Dr. Claytor is a Board Member and Contributor to the newly Revised 2016 Statement on the Use of Opioid in the Treatment of Dental Pain from the American Dental Association in Chicago. He lectures at the International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous on Opioid Prescription Writing and Abuse, Addiction, and Burnout, and has lectured on addiction at the University of Utah School of Alcoholism and Other Chemical Dependencies and the North Carolina Pharmacy Recovery Network Annual Conference.

Dionne Harrison, MD is a board certified psychiatrist in private practice at the Carter Clinic. She works with Severe and Persistently Mentally Ill population in her outpatient work and previously with ACTT. She gained insight into the unique needs of college students in her during her training at the Counseling and Psychological Services for students at Duke University. Her substance treatment background includes training experiences at Mayo Clinic, TROSA and Fellowship Hall of Greensboro NC as well as working with an SAIOP for individuals with HIV, substance use and mood disorders. She received her MD from SUNY at Buffalo School of Biomedical Science and completed her psychiatric residency at Duke University.

Myleme Ojinga Harrison, MD is the CEO and Clinical Director of The Carter Clinic. He is a member of CMDA, American Psychiatric Association and National Medical Association. Dr. Harrison received his B.S. Degree from Jackson State University and his MD from University of Tennessee School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine at Duke University. Dr. Harrison is a board-certified psychiatrist and has treated children, adolescents and adults for the past 18 years. His behavioral health organization provides both outpatient and residential psychiatric services for psychotic, mood, cognitive and anxiety disorders which includes an outpatient opiate use disorder treatment program that serves over 700 patients in 7 communities across NC. His teaching experience ranges from giving seminars about the Bible and mental health in his local church to training Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants entering his psychiatric practice. He was a research fellow from 2003-2005 with Dr. Harold Koenig at Duke University’s Religion and Health Program (which is now the Theology, Medicine and Culture Initiative).

Time Topic Speaker
8:30-9:30 am The Impact of Addiction Myleme Ojinga Harrison, MD
9:45-10:45 am Updates on Opioid & Marijuana in the Clinic and Legislature Bill Clayton, DDS, FAGD, MAGD, PA
11:00-12:00 pm Addiction in the Pandemic Dionne Harrison, MD
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:00 pm Ethics, Medicine, and the Modern World Tom Murry, PharmD, JD