Cristy Gupton Speaks at Wingate University
March 20 - Morganton Rotary member Cristy Gupton recently spoke during a presentation on opioid addiction at the Batte Center in Wingate University.
Local experts from the medical, legal and education fields joined a retired crime-lab scientist and a state lawmaker to explore the problem and suggest potential solutions. An addiction survivor and a mother who lost her son to an overdose gave the crowd at Wingate’s third installment of the Engaged Citizenship Series indisputable evidence of the urgency of tackling the issue.
The forum audience also heard from Cristy Gupton, representing the nonprofit Shatterproof and her business, Custom Benefits Solutions. Gupton emphasized the need to reduce both the supply and demand for opioids. A video clip she supplied urged anyone facing surgery to discuss post-operative protocol with healthcare providers before the procedure asking that other pain medications be used in place of opioids. She said employers can set up health plans that incentivize such behaviors and help their employees deal with pain without risking addiction.