Newsmakers Breakfast

Opioid Crisis: Q&A Aug. 16 at The Peninsula Club

Cornelius Chief of Police Bence Hoyle

The nation’s Opioid Crisis will be front and center an important Newsmakers Breakfast Aug. 16 at The Peninsula Club. Speakers include the chief of police in Cornelius, the medical director of the Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center emergency department and the mother of a victim who is helping fight the epidemic.

It is a national problem with business implications beyond the strain on local hospitals and emergency responders. Economic developers report that the inability to pass a drug test has become a major barrier to filling positions. Two manufacturers in Indiana say that 50 percent or more of their job applicants either fail the drug test or withdraw their application when they discover drug testing is a condition of employment.

And the Altarum Institute, a non-profit health system research and consulting organization, says the cost of the country’s opioid crisis is estimated to have exceeded $1 trillion from 2001 to 2017. Altarum projects it will cost an additional $500 billion by 2020.

Dr. Jason Mutch

The costs of the opioid crisis are borne by individuals in the form of lost wages; the private sector in lost productivity and health care costs; and federal, state and local governments in lost tax revenue and additional spending on health care, social services, education and criminal justice.

Debbie Dalton

The speakers July 16 are Cornelius Chief of Police Bence HoyleDr. Jason Mutch, medical director of the Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center emergency department; and Debbie Dalton, co-founder of the  Hunter Dalton HD Life Foundation. The Daltons lost their son Hunter to an accidental overdose in 2016.

The Presenting Sponsor of Business Today’s Newsmakers Breakfast, an open-forum Q&A, is Cornelius-based Aquesta Financial. The Coffee Sponsors are Carolina Trust Bank, Davidson Wealth Management and Raymer Kepner Funeral Home.

Doors open at 7:15 a.m. for networking. The country breakfast buffet gets under way at 7:30 a.m. The Q&A begins at 8 a.m. and concludes promptly at 9 a.m.

The cost to attend is $12. Reserve a seat at 704-895-1335 with Visa or MasterCard.


One Response to “Opioid Crisis: Q&A Aug. 16 at The Peninsula Club”

  1. I would like to attend because I am concerned for the rights of those who have legitimate reasons and rights for medications on a long term basis. I fear our government etc., is going to swing so far to the extreme that those who have legitimacy for long term use and relief are going to have access to relief taken away from them after a short term ie 60 days. This should not be a policy for any government to be deciding. Rather, we as a people share brighter can as a panel or task force deem the appropriate processes and people to bear to fix this problem. Just like we did with drunk drivers MADD. Let’s not punish those who abide by the law by creating a mess in Washington. We see how much gets done there.

    Posted by Wendy Godfrey-Dean | August 3, 2018, 8:35 pm

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