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Attorney General To Hold First Council on Collegiate Opioid Misuse on Monday at App State

Attorney General Josh Stein will convene the first meeting of his Council on Collegiate Opioid Misuse on Monday, Oct. 16 at Appalachian State University. Attorney General Stein created this Council, comprised of students from colleges and universities across the state, to work with students to confront the opioid crisis on college campuses.

Students, including those active in student government, campus athletics, Greek life, public health and social work studies, and college recovery programs, will meet four times this school year to discuss strategies for addressing substance misuse at their schools. In addition to receiving training sessions at each meeting, students will also provide recommendations to the Attorney General’s Office for combating the opioid crisis at the collegiate level. An agenda for the first session, Monday, October 16, is attached.

Since taking office in January, Attorney General Stein has convened round table events in 17 communities across the state to learn about their efforts to confront this epidemic and share information. Monday’s event will mark the first time he’s taken this work directly to students.


  • Attorney General Josh Stein
  • Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman
  • Jennifer Kline, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student, Counseling Intern
  • Jaime Dean, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Jesse Smathers, Specialty Populations Clinical Director, Vaya Health
  • Ben Asma, Assistant Director, Substance Abuse Counselor, Wellness and Prevention Services at Appalachian State University
  • Chris Campau, Collegiate Recovery Program Coordinator, Addiction Professionals of North Carolina                                                

What: Attorney General’s Council on Collegiate Opioid Misuse Meeting


Appalachian State University
Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608


Monday, October 16
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Attorney General Stein will make remarks at 1:30 p.m. followed by a media availability


Background on AG Josh Stein and the opioid crisis: