Dare County: One of Twenty-Two Local Health Departments to Receive Special Funding from NC Public Health
Dare County was one of twenty-two local health departments in North Carolina to receive this funding to implement community-level strategies to address the opioid crisis. The project aims to prevent fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses, increase access and linkages to care services and build local capacity to respond to the opioid epidemic. The funding will be used to expand the current syringe exchange program, HighLife 252, and the Saving Lives Response Team.
HighLife 252, implemented by Source Church, currently operates on a limited budget, depending heavily on volunteers and community agencies to donate time and resources. The grant awarded will allow for program coordinators to receive continuing education, supplies, and reimbursement for mileage on their personal vehicles.
The Saving Lives Response Team is currently piloting an overdose response project in Kill Devil Hills. Planning for this initiative began this summer and the grant award is going to allow the response team to expand the pilot project to the entire Dare County area. The Saving Lives Response Team will benefit from this funding, as it will provide education, training, technological support, and increase access to additional services for the outreach worker, law enforcement and recovery community partners.
For more information on this grant initiative, please contact The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Health Education & Community Outreach Director, and Saving Lives Task Force Co-Chair, Roxana Ballinger, at 252.475.5619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us for our meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 3:00 pm at the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo.
Drug Disposal Bags are now available in Walgreens & all CVS stores.
The Saving Lives Task Force formed in July of 2014 and was known as the Substance Abuse Education and Prevention Task Force. The purpose of the group was to strengthen collaboration through increasing awareness, education, and communication between agencies and community members regarding substance use concerns.
Dare County is a community that cares and comes together to address problems and concerns. Currently, our task force has members that represent the following businesses, agencies, and groups:
- Dare County Schools
- Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA)
- Trillium Health Resources
- Walk Against Addiction
- Dare County Detention Center
- Outer Banks Counseling
- Outer Banks Hospital Physicians Council
- Mt. Carmel Church
- Wellness Yoga OBX
- Recovery International
- Coastal Horizons
- Power of U, Inc.
- Dare County Sheriff's Department
- Dare County Board of Commissioners
- Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners
- Kitty Hawk Board of Commissioners
- Dare County Emergency Medical Services
- Yellow House Ministries
- Dare County Center
- Dare Challenge
- PORT/New Horizons
- Children & Youth Partnership
- Dare County Detention Center
- Source Church
- Dare County Department of Health & Human Services
- Right Path Treatment Centers
- College of the Albemarle
- Private Counselors
- Community Members
Projects & Partnerships
Naloxone: The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Source Church, and local pharmacies all have Naloxone available to prevent death from overdose. Additionally, grant funds were received from the Charles W. Gaddy and Lucy Finch Gaddy Endowment Fund, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation, for the Saving Lives Task Force to purchase Naloxone for local fire departments. The funding also provides kits for residents that cannot afford to purchase the life-saving medication. The Saving Lives Task Force is establishing a campaign that will encourage all businesses in Dare County to carry Naloxone.
Syringe Exchange: Source Church administers a syringe exchange program. Participation in this program provides the following:
- Clean syringes & accessories
- Information on how to get help & referrals to services
- Card that protects participants from arrest, charge and prosecution for the possession of injection devices in NC
- Free Hep C and HIV testing (results in 20 minutes)
Prescription Drug Drop Off Boxes & Events: All individuals in Dare County have access to a drop off program or location. Additionally the Dare County Sheriff's Office, Outer Banks Hospital and Dare County Department of Health & Human Services partner on a quarterly basis to host drop-off events throughout the community.
Be Resilient OBX: Established by the Children and Youth Partnership, Be Resilient OBX works with others to establish a Community Resiliency Model that will have a collective impact on many health and well-being issues in Dare County.
G.R.E.A.T. Program: The Saving Lives Task Force received support from the Charles W. Gaddy and Lucy Finch Gaddy Endowment Fund, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation to implement the G.R.E.A.T. Program in Dare County. The $10,000 in funding was awarded at the request of Fin & Nancy Gaddy, residents of Dare County. The G.R.E.A.T. Program allows for more positive relationships to be built between law enforcement and other parts of the community, particularly youth. Another benefit of the program is reduction in gang activity by increasing negative attitudes towards gangs and increasing positive attitudes towards law enforcement officers. The program will be delivered in Elementary Schools by school resource officers with the Dare County Sheriff's Department.
Townhall Events: The Saving Lives Task Force began hosting yearly Townhall events in the Fall of 2015 which provided the most current and up-to-date information on substance various use topics. In 2017, the events began being provided on a quarterly basis, to allow for a greater variety of topics to be covered in different Dare County townships and villages.