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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

Friday, September 16, 2016

“We Are A Community United Against Heroin": A Heroin And Opioid Community Awareness Summit, Cherokee, N.C.

****** MEDIA ADVISORY *******

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee Indian Police Department is hosting a community awareness summit on the rising of prescription opiates and heroin abuse and the epidemic of heroin related overdose deaths on the reservation and surrounding areas in western North Carolina.  The summit will be held on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. EDT.

U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose and Principal Chief Patrick Lambert of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will deliver the day’s opening remarks.  Speakers and panel participants will discuss a variety of topics, including but not limited to, prescription drug and heroin abuse and addiction, overdose-related fatalities, law enforcement efforts to stem the flow of drugs, availability of community resources, outreach efforts and education to affected communities.  This summit will educate community members, law enforcement and service providers about opiate and heroin distribution, the physiological effects of the drugs and introduce the community to interventions and best practices that are available within the boundaries of the EBCI and the western North Carolina region.   

Help from the media in advancing news of this summit to encourage attendance by parents, teachers, faith-based organizations and other community leaders would be valuable in spreading the message. Attendance is free of charge but seating is limited. 

Media is invited to cover the event from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., beginning with welcome remarks of agency representatives who will also be available for on-camera interviews.   

PRESENTERS:          Jill Westmoreland Rose, United States Attorney, Western District of North Carolina

                              Principal Chief Patrick Lambert, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

                              Chris Fletcher, Special Agent, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

                              Richard Hutchinson, Special Agent, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Department

                              Dr. Steven Lloyd, Internal Medicine

                              Local Health Officials

                              Victims of Heroin and Opioids

WHAT:                    Heroin & Opioid Awareness Summit

WHEN:                    Monday, September 19, 2016, at 9:00 A.M. EDT

WHERE:                   Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center

                               Cherokee Central Schools

                               260 Elk Crossing Lane

                                Cherokee, NC

                                (Enter through the Cherokee Middle School)

NOTE: Please arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials.  Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to Lia Bantavani at or 704-338-3140.




Updated September 16, 2016