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Saving Lives Task Force to Host Town Hall Conversations on Medication Supported Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Post Date:02/13/2020 11:05 AM

The Saving Lives Task Force will host a town hall event on medication supported treatment on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5:30- 8:00pm at the Dare County Center on 950 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo. Medication supported treatment for substance use disorders has been a topic of controversy in communities since it first became an option. Yet despite evidence that such treatments reduce risk and enhance opportunity for sustaining and lasting recovery, many treatment providers do not offer the service.

The event will feature keynote speaker Paul Nagy, Assistant Professor with Duke University School of Medicine’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department. Nagy will review the science of addiction and recovery as well as an honest perspective on the common concerns, risks and potential benefits associated with medication supported care. Personal testimonials from community members and facilitated discussion through a panel style will follow Nagy’s presentation and provide attendees with a better understanding of the issues and opportunities associated with medication supported treatment. 

Wally Overman, Vice Chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and Co-Chairman of The Saving Lives Task Force, will provide a welcome address and encourages all residents to attend to learn about medication supported treatment, “There are many myths and misperceptions about addiction, recovery and medication supported treatment. We want the community as a whole to have a better understanding of the benefits and challenges associated with this type of treatment. Our hope is that through education on this topic, we can eliminate stigma and support individuals in accessing appropriate care for substance use disorders.”

The event is presented by The Saving Lives Task Force, Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse and Outer Banks Community Foundation. Information about substance abuse resources and services in Dare County will also be available during the event. For more information regarding this event or The Saving Lives Task Force, please contact Roxana Ballinger, Saving Lives Task Force Co-Chair with the  Dare County Department of Health & Human Services  at 252.475.5619 or

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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
  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • 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
  • Parents


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.