Taking Our Communities Back

Make plans to join us on Wednesday, November 15 from 8am until 4pm for the Synthetic Narcotic and Opioid Abuse Prevention Summit at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia. The day will include guest speakers and breakout sessions for law enforcement, coalitions, faith based communities and more. A free REVIVE! training will take place after the event beginning at 4:15pm.


We hope this Summit will provide an opportunity to increase capacity and collaboration within organizations and communities to address synthetic narcotic and opioid abuse in Southwest Virginia. 8 Hours of PIC credit will be available for law enforcement officers and corrections. 


Guest speakers include:

Todd Pillion, Virginia House of Delegates

Joel Murchie, Commander, New South Wales Police Force, Mental Health Intervention Team

Chad Napier, Prevention and Education Coordinator, Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)


The cost of attendance is $25, please register at the following link: 


This event is sponsored by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, Frontier Health, Concerned About Our Community Coalitions, Planning District 1 Behavioral Health Services, Healthy Appalachia Institute, The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.


We hope you can join us! Please share with professional networks, organizations, communities and interested community members. For more information please contact:


Sgt. Teresa Meade

Wise County Sheriff’s Office


Margaret Tomann, MSPH

Healthy Appalachia Institute


Courtney Conner