Town Hall Series on Substance Abuse

Post Date:04/07/2017 11:36 a.m.

2017 Community Town Hall Series: Caring about our Community’s Public Health and Safety by Addressing Substance Abuse and Addiction Concerns

Presented by: Yellow House Ministries, The Saving Lives Taskforce & Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse

The second in a series of four Town Hall meetings is scheduled for April 25, 2017. The Town Hall offers a welcoming format and is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the substance abuse issues in Dare County, become familiar with local resources currently available to help those in need, and get involved by learning how to become part of the solution.

This event is for everyone concerned about the public health and safety of our children, families, loved ones and community. Scheduled to take place at the Avon Fire Station at 40159 Harbor Road in Avon from5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, the evening will offer information on local community resources and a presentation from an expert panel covering issues of substance abuse prevention, treatment, medical community support and law enforcement efforts. The panel members include: Wally Overman with the Dare County Board of Commissioners, local treatment clinician- Dr. Andrea Facci, Dr. Petzing representing the Outer Banks Hospital and Dare CASA Board, Sheriff Doug Doughtie and Dare CASA Board, Investigator Donnie Varnell with the Dare County Sheriff’s Department, Sheila Davies, PhD from Dare County Department of Health & Human Services and Amber Griffith with Dare CASA.

Wally Overman, Vice Chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and Chairman of The Saving Lives Taskforce, will provide a welcome address and encourages all residents to join our efforts, “It is critical that we have an ongoing relationship and dialogue with community partners and citizens to effectively deal with the issues.”

The forum is sponsored by The Saving Lives Task Force, Dare CASA and all community and organizational members of the Taskforce. Staff from the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Dare Coalition Against Substance, Port Human Services, Trillium Health Resources, Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County, and local faith resources will be on hand to offer guidance and information on services, parent programs, positive community outreach, naloxone, and much more.

Information about substance abuse resources and services currently available in Dare County will be available during the event. For more information regarding this event, please contact Amber Bodner Griffith with Dare CASA at 252-449-2272 or

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