The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a grant to FirstHealth of the Carolinas to help combat the opioid crisis in both Moore and Richmond counties. The three-year project will expand health care services in these two counties by increasing access and assistance for opioid use disorder.
The Sandhills Opioid Response Consortium will be made up of several community partners who will work together to expand access to medication-assisted treatment, recruit and certify peer-support specialists, establish peer-support programs specific for opioid use disorder, and continue to increase public awareness of Narcan and the opioid crisis.
In addition, the grant funds will be used to increase referrals to intensive inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment programs for recovery. Individuals discharged from a recovery program will be linked to providers who can continue to provide medication-assisted treatment.
Photo Credit: Daily Journal file photo – FirstHealth Emergency Medical Services Director Buddy Williams holds a dose of Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, the drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdose. EMS carries packs of 2 mg doses, as opposed to the 0.4 mg doses carried by law enforcement. EMS was forced to double its Narcan stock on ambulances because of the prevalence of stronger opioids.