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Let your voice be heard on the issue of Alcohol and Drug Use in Bladen County

The Bladen Opioid Task Force is continuing to work hard to end the opioid crisis in the mother county. The group met the second Tuesday of this month to discuss their strategic plan and to announce the services offered in Bladen County to assist opioid and alcohol addicts.

Bladen County Opioid Task Force Coordinator, Dr. Cathy Gantz

Collecting surveys to help in the strategic planning process is very important right now. Dr. Cathy Gantz, director of the Bladen County Opioid Task Force said, “We continue to try to increase survey results for Alcohol and Drug Use in Bladen County. The last date for students, teachers, and the general public to complete the survey will be Friday, October 25th.”

Dr. Gantz has lead numerous community outreach efforts to collect information from Bladen County citizens about the opioid crisis. This information will assist the Task Force in making a strategic plan to combat the issues of substance abuse with long-term solutions.

The survey is brief and only takes a couple of minutes to complete. Below are QR codes that may be scanned to access the surveys, also there are links below to direct citizens to the survey.

Bladen County Schools Teachers and Staff members we need your help! Please fill out the survey linked and coded below:

https://tinyurl.com/Bladenschools

Bladen County Students we need your help! Please fill out the survey linked and coded below: 

http://tinyurl.com/Bladenstudents

Bladen County Community members we need your help! Please fill out the survey linked and coded below:

https://tinyurl.com/Bladencommunity

As a reminder, the Bladen County Opioid Task Force was able to form a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) group. The NA group meets every Tuesday at the 137 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown. NA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other and work together to help each other stay away from drugs usage and lead a healthy life. The basic concept and practice of the Narcotics Anonymous recovery program is the Twelve Steps and addicts helping addicts recover from the disease of addiction, according to the NA program. You may find out more information at nadelhi.org/.

As a reminder, anyone struggling with alcohol or drug detox, relapse, recovery, or experiencing mental health issues now has more choices for assistance here in Bladen County.

Eastpointe is the MCO for Bladen County, meaning, they may assist anyone needing help with mental or behavioral health services regardless of their economic status.  Anyone needing assistance may contact 1-800-513-4002 at anytime day or night for assistance. Following are the newest places in Elizabethtown to seek assistance.

The Carter Clinic opened their doors this summer at 1104 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Their services include Medication Assistance Treatment (Suboxone), Substance Abuse Intensive Out Patient (SAIOP) Program, Substance Abuse Comprehensive Outpatient Treatment (SACOT) Program, Medication Management, Outpatient Therapy, and peer support available for individuals with Eastpointe Medicaid. For more information contact the clinic at 910-991-3070 or visit their website at www.thecarterclinic.com.

RHA Health Services is now offering Hilltop Comprehensive Substance Use Services at 106 4th Street in Bladenboro. The services offered at the facility is a RHA Health Services program specializing in providing wraparound support, advocacy, and various levels of treatment of people who struggle with addictive diseases. The services offer outpatient rehabilitation service groups, and individual services designed to provide additional structure, guidance, and support to people trying to achieve and maintain recovery from substance use and addiction. For more information about these services contact 1-800-848-0180 or visit their website at www.rhahealthservices.org.

The Bladen County Opioid Task Force meets the second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Bladen County Health Department.  The Opioid Task force is working toward organizing an Alcohol Anonymous support group and a support group for families with loved ones addicted to alcohol or drugs. Anyone interested in attending a support group, help leading a support group, or would like to help with the task force, contact the Bladen County Health and Human Services Opioid Task Force Corrdinator Dr. Cathy Gantz at (910)872-6256.

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