These are helpful websites that can provide more information and resources relating to Opioid Crisis: The Faith Community Responds.
Vision: To tackle this health crisis, the NC Department of Health and Human Services is working to connect people with preventative healthcare, substance use disorder treatment, and community supports. This is a complex issue requiring partnership from many sectors and is an effort that needs to be supported through funding and resources to be successful. Learn more below about how North Carolina and its partners are working to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 20 percent by 2021. What: The website contains a resource guide, background information, and Data on the Crisis. https://injuryfreenc.shinyapps.io/OpioidActionPlan/
What: InjuryFreeNC.org provides the best science about injury and violence prevention strategies focused on improving population-level health. The materials on the site are created by a team of injury prevention experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Injury Prevention Research Center and the NC Division of Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch with the input of numerous other partners. The team engages experts in each topic area to ensure the latest, consensus-driven information is provided. Why: We want to keep North Carolinians safe from injury and violence so that they can live to their full potential. While we often accept injuries, they can be prevented. Injury Free NC is North Carolina’s unified voice for injury prevention. Here you will find the best-available information related to preventing injuries and violence in North Carolina, access to experts, and ways to connect with the injury prevention community that works to keep North Carolina safe.
Who: NaloxoneSaves.org is a website designed to educate pharmacists and the public about the North Carolina State Health Director’s statewide standing order for naloxone. The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch’s Poisoning and Drug Overdose Prevention Program works in collaboration with many partners statewide to address drug overdose in North Carolina including, the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. Together, we bring you this website.The website is broken out in to sections for Naloxone Dispensers, User Survey, General Information, and a locator of where to get Naloxone.
The purpose of this website is to:
Provide education about naloxone use and overdose prevention
Offer a method for pharmacies to activate their standing order
Gather information about naloxone use and attempts to reverse overdoses
In 2017, over 5 North Carolinians died each day from an unintentional opioid overdose. From 1999-2017, more than 13,000 North Carolinians lost their lives to unintentional opioid overdose. To combat the opioid crisis, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services worked with community partners to develop North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan (NC OAP). The NC OAP launched in June of 2017 and established thirteen data metrics to track and monitor the opioid epidemic. The opioid data dashboard on this site is meant to provide integration and visualization of state and county-level metrics for stakeholders across NC to track progress towards reaching the goals outlined in NC OAP. For more information on the NC OAP visit: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/opioids
Description: The Drug Policy Alliance works to change drug policy no longer arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm millions – particularly young people and people of color who are disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. Additionally they work to make sure new policies reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies. Why : The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes committed against others, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more. Comments: This website is a great resource that has tons of drug fact sheets, information about harm reduction, and resources.
Who: The Alcohol / Drug Council of NC provides information and referrals to alcohol and drug treatment. What: We also provide educational programs and materials to businesses, community groups, families, and individuals. Where : Call 800.688.4232 or Text 919.908.3196 Why :To reduce human suffering and the economic cost of alcoholism and other substance use disorders. We advocate for prevention, early interventions and treatment that includes a system of care.
What: Appalachian Community Services provides Mental Health, Behavioral Health, Substance Use, and Developmental Disability services to individuals, families, and communities within the seven western counties of North Carolina. We provide a wind range of walk-in, psychiatric, substance abuse, and crisis services to adults and children. Where: Cherokee County, Clay County, Haywood County, Graham County, Macon County, Swain County, The Peachtree Center and The Balsam Center Why:Our mission is to promote the emotional and physical well being of consumers in a safe and respectful environment. We are committed to providing a wide continuum of services to effectively meet the changing needs within the community.
Who: LEAD stands for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program and this organization is the national orginzaiton. What: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a community-based diversion approach with the goals of improving public safety and public order, and reducing unnecessary justice system involvement of people who participate in the program. In a LEAD® program, police officers exercise discretionary authority at the point of contact to divert individuals to a community-based, harm-reduction intervention for law violations driven by unmet behavioral health needs. In lieu of the normal criminal justice system cycle — booking, detention, prosecution, conviction, incarceration — individuals are instead referred into a trauma-informed intensive case-management program where the individual receives a wide range of support services, often including transitional and permanent housing and/or drug treatment. Prosecutors and police officers work closely with case managers to ensure that all contacts with LEAD® participants going forward, including new criminal prosecutions for other offenses, are coordinated with the service plan for the participant to maximize the opportunity to achieve behavioral change.
Description: Our Brother Legion “is an interfaith organization which seeks to educate and teach the faith community to reduce stigma with and on behalf of people living with mental illness, trauma, and addiction”. Who: Faith communities and the mental health community. Anyone, faith or no faith, concerned and interested in mental health. What: Through various community events, workshops, clergy consultations, retreats, support group training, and worship/ church resources. Where High Point, NC Why: Our Brother Legion recognizes there is a huge need for inclusion of those with mental illness in our faith communities and a need to destigmatize mental health in our larger society. When: Various events and community opportunities throughout the month How: Ourbrotherlegion.org
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to addiction. On the surface, addiction can be caused by physical changes in the brain that make the body crave certain types of drugs. When a debilitating substance habit consumes someone’s life, they often look to a Higher Power to help give them the strength to get well. A spiritually-inclined treatment process helps thousands of addicts each year find the motivation necessary for recovery. The Faith & Religion in Recovery resource covers treatment methods and popular faith-based groups to help someone overcome addiction.What: https://www.drugrehab.com/recovery/faith-and-religion-in-recovery/ Where: Nationwide Why: The mission of Drugrehab.com is to equip patients and families with the best information, to overcome addiction & lead a lifelong recovery. When:24/7
ADDICTIONCENTER.COM IS AN ORGANIZED WEB GUIDE THAT CONNECTS INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION AS WELL AS THEIR LOVED ONES TO TREATMENT OPTIONS, INFORMATION, AND THE HELP THEY NEED.
Who: A group of concerned individuals who started this site with our own money to provide what we felt is vital information to people seeking help throughout the country. We started the website with less than 50 pages and it has grown to a place today where we have over 500 pages of valuable resources and treatment options that are offered all over the U.S. What: We connect individuals who are struggling with addiction to different treatment options. We provide information on different types of addiction, different drugs, and different communities addiction affects. When: We’ve had the resource up and running for four years and have seen the recent spike in traffic and popularity over the course of the last two years. Where: We are based in Orlando, FL, however we offer treatment options all over the U.S. Why: Our organization meets the needs of individuals, and their loved ones, who are seeking help finding where to get treatment and what kind of treatment.