“Evening for Life” event to raise awareness about opioid epidemic in Iredell

Posted at 4:37 PM on Jan 31, 2019

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BY DEBBIE PAGE
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Some of our neighbors are struggling.

According to just released NC DETECT data, 497 medication or drug overdoses were reported in Iredell County emergency rooms in 2018. The ERs also reported 76 opioid and 42 heroin overdoses, with 55 other heroin-related patient visits. Fifty patients also suffered benzodiazepine overdoses.

The ERs also treated 1,313 patients for alcohol abuse and dependency and 1,588 for drug abuse and dependency.

Over 5 million prescription opioid pills were dispensed in Iredell County in 2017, ranking it in the top 10 counties for opioid prescription rates in North Carolina. In North Carolina, doctors prescribed 523,933,000 opioid pills that year.

Too many of these pills fall into the hands of teens and others who start down the road of addiction.

To create awareness of our community’s opioid and narcotics epidemic, the Drug-Alcohol Coalition of Iredell County is sponsoring “An Evening for Life” event on February 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Harbor Church, located at 433 Williamson Road in Mooresville. Free dinner will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Childcare will also be provided.

This night will bring awareness to the truths of substance use disorder in Mooresville and the surrounding area.

Speakers will include County Commissioner Tommy Bowles, Detective Dan Miglin of the Mooresville Police Department, and a mother who walked the difficult journey of watching her son struggle with substance use disorder. Her son will also speak about his struggles and road to recovery.

The presentation will end with a question-and-answer session. Information and resources for those seeking guidance for helping those with substance use disorders will also be available.

Free opioid destruction kits and drug lockboxes will also distributed.

The Drug-Alcohol Coalition of Iredell is committed to the reduction and prevention of alcohol, and substance misuse, overdose, and overdose deaths in Iredell County.

“Please help us make 2019 the year of HOPE, the year that we see our prevention, education and awareness efforts paying off with more individuals who struggle with substance use disorder, having knowledge of treatment resources, access to care, and recovery,” said DACI chair Chair Sandy Tabor-Gray.

DACI TREATMENT/RESOURCES GUIDE

The DACI Treatment and Recovery Work-Group is working diligently to update its Substance Use Resource Guide with the most current information for Iredell County. This guide contains programs and services that help Iredell County residents with treatment and recovery for drug, alcohol, tobacco and vaping use.

To recommend an organization that should be included in this guide or to update previous information, please contact DACI Coordinator Jill St.Clair at jill.stclair@co.iredell.nc.us.

To view the current guide, please visit:
http://www.co.iredell.nc.us/DocumentCenter/View/11352/Resource-Guide?bidId=

DACI’s Board of Directors include Chair Sandy Tabor-Gray, Community Member Vice-Chair Patti West of Fifth Street Ministries, Treasurer Robin Rosenfeld of Rosenfeld & Co. and Secretary & Coalition Coordinator Jill St.Clair.

Other board members include Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins, Commissioner Bowles, Iredell County Health Department Director Jane Hinson, Sara Lewis of United Way of Iredell County, Terri Masiello of Piedmont Mediation Center, Katherine Perkins of Partners Behavioral Health, and Julie Pohlman of Community Care of North Carolina.

OTHER UPCOMING DACI EVENTS

If Only, March 20 -- Youth Summit at Lake Norman High School in partnership with Iredell-Statesville Schools & The Wahlberg Foundation. Details are coming soon.

Provider Resource Breakfast, March 29 -- Informational Breakfast at Little Joe’s Chapel for professionals to share and learn about the array Substance Use services offered in Iredell County. Details are coming soon.

LEARN MORE

For more information on any of these events, contact please contact DACI Coordinator Jill St.Clair at jill.stclair@co.iredell.nc.us or 704-871- 3450.

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