Escape a Vape Events to be Hosted throughout Dare County
Luka Kinard, a North Carolina teen, began vaping at the age of 14 and quickly became addicted. Once an honor roll student and athlete, he quickly lost sight of his everyday interests and moved his focus to Juuling. Luka experienced mood swings and behavior changes along with financial challenges as he tried to feed his addiction. His mother Kelly, worked diligently to find help for her son. After attending a rehabilitation treatment facility in California, Luka and his mom began the fight against youth vaping and nicotine addiction. Now speaking nationally and sharing his story, Luka is working tirelessly to inform the public about the dangers of vaping. Luka’s story has been featured on Today, NBC News, the Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition.
The 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey shows that youth e-cigarette rates are at alarming levels. Compared to 3.6 million youth users in 2018, now more than 5 million youth are current e-cigarette users. In addition, the majority of users reported Juul as their usual brand.
In efforts to educate the community and address vaping concerns, Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Saving Lives Task Force, Breaking Through Task Force and Albemarle Regional Health Services have worked with other community partners to bring Luka and Kelly Kinard to Dare County for Escape a Vape events in February.
These events are free and open to late elementary, middle, and high school aged youth and adults. Adult and youth attendance together can start important conversations to prevent or intervene in youth substance use. Three events will be hosted from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the following dates:
- February 4 at Cape Hatteras Secondary
- February 5 at First Flight Middle School
- February 6 at Manteo Middle School
Each event will have giveaways, food, and prizes. Adults can enter to win a 40 inch Smart Roku TV and youth can enter to win a pair of Beats Wireless Headphones. In addition to Luka and Kelly, the event will feature a health fair before and after the keynote speakers with a variety of community health and wellness resources for youth and adults.
Registration is encouraged but not required. Call 252.475.9375 or visit darenc.com/EscapeAVape for more information or to register to attend the event.
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.