On April 9, 2021, Dr. Eric Morse was awarded the Frederick B. Glaser Award for the North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine, a lifetime achievement award for excellence in addiction medicine in North Carolina. In his acceptance speech, like any great athlete, first he thanked God and his mother. He then thanked his mentors at the University of Maryland Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship from 2002-3, especially Dr. David McDuff. Dr. Morse then thanked everyone at the North Carolina State Opioid Treatment Authority, from the first time he met Burt Bennett and Bill Bronson at a CSAT conference in Rockville, MD in 2004 when he working down the street and was encourage to move back to NC and open OTPs there, from Spencer Clark and Marie Britt, to Smith Worth, Amy Morris, Anna Stanley and Pamela Morrison. He thanked Sara McEwen and everybody at the Governors’ Institute. Dr. Morse thanked everybody in his Morse Clinics family, especially Dr. Josh Dittmer, and his Carolina Performance family.
Next, Dr. Morse encouraged all the attendees of the Spring Conference to continue to do the great work they are doing in the field of addiction. Clinician burn out is the main reason Dr. Morse looks around and now realizes that he is one of the few clinicians remaining from the first conference. Never give up before the miracle happens, whether you are a patient or a clinician. Ask for help or take some time off, if you need to, but never give up completely. We need you!