Guest Speaker September 17th: Julie Lawrence, Edge Drug Prevention Alliance

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Julie Lawrence, Edge Drug Prevention Alliance, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Dr. Julie Lawrence works as a clinical pharmacist at Roper Saint Francis Healthcare in Charleston, South Carolina.  In 2017 she worked with others to start an Opioid Reduction Task Force to improve pain management while reducing the prescribing of opioids.  This team continues to develop initiatives which will improve the care of those with addiction.  In 2016, with a passion to help others in her community battling the opioid epidemic, she joined a drug prevention non-profit with the goal of placing more prescription drug disposal boxes.  Two years later, she co-founded another organization, The Edge Drug Prevention Alliance, which educates parents, students, and the public on the dangers of substance misuse and how they can protect themselves and their families.  Julie has lived and worked in Charleston for the past 25 years.  She is married with three children, ages 22, 20 and 17.

Julie will be joined by Wood Marchant.

Wood Marchant earned his Masters in Social Work from USC in ’04. His first job in the field was as a medical social worker working with patients who had HIV and AIDS at MUSC from ’04-’09 under the Ryan White Care Act. He then became an inpatient alcohol and drug counselor at Charleston Center from ’10-’13 and later an outpatient alcohol and drug counselor at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at MUSC from ’13-’16. Hired in the fall of ’16 at his alma mater, the College of Charleston, Wood is the school’s first Director of Collegiate Recovery, a program that helps recovering students stay sober while navigating college life. Wood is married to Dr. Laura Lee Kinney and they have twins, Will and Anna Liles, who are 12.