2018 California Opioid Summit

Opioid addiction is incredibly prevalent in both California and Butte County. Opioid overdose kills 115 people every day. On May 22 & 23, 2018 Butte County Behavioral Health in partnership with Butte County Public Health, Butte-Glenn Medical Society, and Aegis Treatment Centers hosted the 2018 California Opioid Summit. The event, hosted at nearby Chico State drew almost 400 participants for two education-packed days.


The conference featured presentations on:

Mind-Body Medicine & Conscious Healing

Prescription Drugs 101

Social Determinants of Health & Person-Centered Approaches

Moving a Rural Health System Towards Safe medication Practices

Educating High School Students on Opioids

Achieving Zero Overdoses

A Mother’s Story- Turning Tragedy Into Advocacy

Impact of Prescription Drugs on Seniors, Elderly and Care providers

Navigating a Traumatized Society

Naloxone Training

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Trauma Informed Care

And much more!

See the document below for the full summit agenda and featured speakers.


The conference included keynote presentations from exemplary speakers such as:  

Matthew Layton, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Layton earned a B.A. in Chemistry with Distinction from the University of Kansas, and an M.D. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Kansas University Medical Center. He completed psychiatry residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle and is a Clinical Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. He is the Medical Director for the WSU Program of Excellence in Addictions Research and Physician-Record for the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center. Dr. Layton is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow in the American College of Psychiatrists. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, Washington State Psychiatric Association, Washington State Medical Association, and the Spokane County Medical Society.

He has published numerous scientific articles in the fields of psychopharmacology and neuroimaging, presented research findings in national and international forums, and received awards from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, National Institute of Mental Health, American Federation for Clinical Research, American Psychiatric Association, Washington Community Mental Health Council, and he is listed as one of “America’s Top Psychiatrists”.

Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His latest book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury, 2015), for which he traveled across the United States. Dreamland recounts twin stories of drug marketing in the 21st Century: A pharmaceutical corporation flogs its legal new opiate prescription painkiller as nonaddictive. Meanwhile, immigrants from a small town in Nayarit, Mexico devise a method for retailing black-tar heroin like pizza in the US, and take that system nationwide, riding a wave of addiction to prescription pills from coast to coast. The collision of those two forces has led to America’s deadliest drug scourge in modern times.

Dreamland won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2015. It was also selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Amazon.com, Slate.com, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Audible, and in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business by Nobel economics laureate, Prof. Angus Deaton, of Princeton University. Sam Quinones is formerly a reporter with the L.A. Times, where he worked for 10 years (2004-2014). He is a veteran reporter on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, the border.

Austin Eubanks

Austin Eubanks was an expert in the addiction recovery industry and an internationally recognized professional speaker, media contributor, and consultant on topics surrounding drug policy, behavioral health, addiction, and trauma.

An injured survivor of the Columbine shooting, Austin’s traumatic experience as a teen was the catalyst to his painful journey through addiction. He devoted his career to helping those who turned to substances as a result of trauma. Austin has spoken to millions across the county regarding strategies for addressing the issues around substance abuse that are plaguing the nation. His work and personal story has garnered the interest of countless major media outlets including the BBC, People Magazine, and the New York Times. Austin has provided expert commentary for Face The Nation, Vice News, Rolling Stone, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN.

John Underwood

John Underwood can boast an impressive career. A former NCAA All-American, International level distance runner and World Masters Champion, John has coached or advised more than two dozen World and Olympic Champions.

John has worked with nearly all sport federations including the Department of Education, DEA, Department of Justice, National Federation of High School Athletics, NCAA, NHL, NFL, NBA, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Finland, Japan, Austria, South Africa, Brazil, Taiwan, Romania Olympic Committees, Sport Canada and the International Olympic Committee. John Underwood has been Human Performance Consultant for the U.S. Navy SEALS the US Air Force and other Special Military Projects. Most recently John Underwood addressed the world Olympic body at the ASPC Elite Sport Forum in Durban South Africa, He is also a consultant and frequent presenter to Olympic sport science agencies worldwide.

Most recently, John has founded and currently directs the Life of an Athlete Human Performance Project, which looks for the most recent research in the important aspects of young people’s lives such as nutrition, sleep, training, recovery, and more.

Mark Karandang

Mark Karandang is assigned as a prevention lead with the Northern CA High Intensity Drug Tracking Area based out of San Francisco, CA. With 18 years of active federal service, Mark Karandang is proud that his career has gone full circle. Although new to the prevention world, he brings vast experience of affecting our nation’s drug control problem by directly disrupting the supply of illicit drugs and dismantling organizations who aim to circumvent our efforts. Shifting gears and focusing on helping like-minded individuals and coalitions which impact the demand for drugs have given him a much larger perspective in this fight.