Community forum on opioid harm reduction

Community Response: Opioid Harm Reduction

On Nov. 3 and 4, the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Health Collaborative brought together more than 300 people across the region who are eager to collaborate in taking action against the opioid epidemic in our community.

A day of education consisted of 13 outstanding keynote speakers from across the country, our community and state. These speakers provided the audience with data on the opioid epidemic: the U.S. Attorney’s Office; Project Lazarus; a Quick Response Team from Colerain Township, Ohio; the health care system; the faith-based community; the L.E.A.D Program from Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Trillium recovery-oriented system of care.

The speakers influenced the community to follow different models and action plans that have been successful within their communities.

The following day, community work groups began creating action items on breaking down silos, provider and community education, communities taking action and creating innovative responses to crisis, treatment and recovery. Action items from these work groups are underway. Look for updates as we continue to work on this together as a community. 

Together we can make a difference!