Workgroups

Law Enforcement

Dr. Tim Powers, PhD
Chair
Brevard College Criminal Justice Department

Contact: Karen  karen.gorman@transylvaniacounty.org

Healthcare

Dr. Joseph Cohen, MD
Chair
Transylvania Regional Hospital

Contact: Karen  karen.gorman@transylvaniacounty.org

The charge of this workgroup is to facilitate the education of substance abuse issues with our healthcare community, and to collect data in “real time” to share back with our coalition (i.e. numbers of overdoses, hospitalizations due to substance abuse, and babies born addicted). We will especially focus on encouraging all doctors to use the Controlled Substance Registry System (CSRS) to check on prescriptions written, as well as to prescribe naloxone for patients using opioids and to follow CDC guidelines for safe prescribing.

Youth Engagement

Steve Pulliam
Chair
CEO of United Way of Transylvania County

Contact: Kristen kristen.gentry@transylvaniacounty.org

Media

Tara Rybka, MPH
Chair
Transylvania Public Health

Contact: Kristen  kristen.gentry@transylvaniacounty.org

Marijuana

Detective Robert Shular
Chair
Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Karen  karen.gorman@transylvaniacounty.org

Community Collaboration

Erin Drew
Chair
Executive Director of The Family Place

Contact: Kristen, kristen.gentry@transylvaniacounty.org

The charge of this workgroup is to be the agent of collaboration with all other youth serving agencies in Transylvania County. We work together to share knowledge, resources, and data so that we are more efficient. This workgroup will also manage special events, speaking engagements, and forums such as the Fall Festival, Overdose Awareness events, and film events