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November Salon: Opioids and Addiction


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

November Salon: Opioids and Addiction

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November TEDxGreenville Salon: Tuesday, November 19,  2019, 6:30 pm


Opioids and Addiction:
Myths and Realities


If you read the daily news, the United States is in the middle of a national opioid crisis. In 2017, there were 749 overdose deaths involving opioids in South Carolina--a rate of 15.5 deaths per 100,000 persons compared to the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons.


Addiction is complicated. The answers are not simple. Join us for our November salon as we discuss these issues.



Our Presenters


Shay Houser
Founder, YouTurn

Addiction in the C-Suite: Fallout, Stigma, and Social Responsibility

Shay is a seasoned technology entrepreneur previously co-founding and serving as CEO of four companies: Seruus Telecom Fund, L.P. (1996), Trivergent (Nuvox) Communications (1997), UCI Communications (2003), and Green Cloud Technologies (2011). His expertise is creating recurring revenue-based services that are sold to enterprises and distributed through channel partners. Shay has significant experience raising capital (raised over $275mm through 30 transactions and filed for an IPO) and he has sourced and closed 20+ acquisitions.


Shay is a 3x Inc. 500/5000 award winner from 2015-2017 with his time as CEO of Green Cloud Technologies. He is a graduate of The Citadel and serves on the business advisory board for The Citadel's Baker School of Business. He is also in recovery and fueled by a passion to help others.



Rich Jones
Director, FAVOR

Dispelling Recovery Myths: A Reality Based Solution to Epidemic

Rich is recognized nationally as a subject matter expert on Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) and health care and recovery integration. He has testified to U.S. Congress on the topic and participated in widespread speaking engagements and technical consultations across the country. As CEO of the award-winning recovery support organization FAVOR Greenville—and as someone who is in recovery himself—Rich has helped over 8,000 families suffering from SUD with his messages of hope and positivity. His lectures are highly sought after, and his keen expertise and knowledge about recovery are the basis for yourturn’s creation.


As a senior health care and non-profit executive and director since 2002, Rich has developed specialized skills across multiple domains, including mental health services, substance use disorder treatment, and recovery support services. Rich has logged over 40,000 coaching hours and is a Licensed Clinical SUD Specialist (“LCAS”), DOT Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Certified Clinical Supervisor (“CCS”), Co-Occurring Disorder Professional (“CCDP”), Certified Employee Assistance Professional (“CEAP”), Certified ARISE Interventionist (“CAI”), and an EMDR Certified Trauma Therapist.


Admission is free, but registration is required.

Cash Bar at 6:00. Program begins promptly at 6:30.

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When & Where

924 S Main St
Greenville, SC 29601

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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TEDxGreenville was the first independently organized TEDx event in South Carolina. It all started in 2010 when a diverse, passionate group of TED enthusiasts from around the community came together with the singular goal of bringing an educational and inspirational TED-like experience to Upstate residents.

Now in its eleventh year, the TEDxGreenville movement is igniting passions and building bridges like never before, while highlighting the incredible people and organizations that make the Upstate of South Carolina one of the best places to live on the planet. Yep, we said it.


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