Law Enforcement

Dr. Tim Powers, PhD
Brevard College Criminal Justice Department

Contact: Karen  [email protected]


Dr. Joseph Cohen, MD
Transylvania Regional Hospital

Contact: Karen  [email protected]

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
CEO of United Way of Transylvania County

Contact: Kristen [email protected]


Tara Rybka, MPH
Transylvania Public Health

Contact: Kristen  [email protected]


Detective Robert Shular
Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Karen  [email protected]

Community Collaboration

Erin Drew
Executive Director of The Family Place

Contact: Kristen, [email protected]

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