Custom Benefit SoluMorganton NC – Nationally recognized healthcare benefits specialists, the North Carolina Attorney General, medical leaders, employers and educators will meet in Morganton on Jan. 16, 2018 for an open forum to address the opioid crisis impacting the region.

The event, which is free to the public, will take begin at 7:30 AM at the Burke Conference Center. The session is scheduled to adjourn at noon.

Presentations and discussions will center best practices for addressing the opioid crisis. Attendees will leave with a playbook that helps them implement smart reforms meant to reduce both supply and demand for opiates simultaneously.

Online registration is found at, then by clicking on the tab at the top of the screen called “Substance Use & the Workplace Jan. Forum.”

Speakers will include Josh Stein, NC Attorney General, Mark Pew, Senior Vice President of PRIUM and The RxProfessor, Karen Kirkpatrick, owner of On Your Mark Consulting, Carl Schuessler, Managing Principal of BenefitStrategies, LLC and Mitigate Partners, LLC, and Cristy Gupton, President of Custom Benefits Solutions.

Gupton organized the event in coordination with Lisa Moore, Public Health Educator with the Burke County Health Department. The event is sponsored by Custom Benefits Solutions, Burke County, Carolina Healthcare System – Blue Ridge, and Burke Population Health Collaboration through a Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust grant.

“While it may be under the radar, an employer-sponsored health plan can be used to curtail and reverse the misuse of opiates for pain management,” Gupton said. “We will outline the relationship between health insurance and opiate use from a few different perspectives but focused on giving insights to the employer community.”

“This free session is designed for HR Professionals, CFOs or anyone who is otherwise responsible for providing employee benefits for their organization,” she said. “However, mental health providers, physicians, law enforcement, elected officials and any other interested party is welcome.  Additionally, three hours of HRCI credit and CPE credit have been applied for.  Other professionals will receive a certificate for their attendance that they may be able to use for CE credits.”

Custom Benefits Solutions is an employee benefits consulting firm serving western NC since 2006.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Cristy Gupton at 828.413.3581 or