Author: Melissa R Floyd-Pickard

GCSTOP RECEIVES GRANT FOR SEP

On Oct 29, 2018, of Rhino Times reported on New Grant for GCSTOP Syringe Exchange Program (SEP):

GUILFORD COUNTY HEALTH DIRECTOR MERLE GREEN SAID THAT COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS WILL WORK WITH UNCG FACULTY AND STUDENTS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE FIELDS TO HELP ADDRESS OPIOID ADDICTION AMONG INMATES – A POPULATION WHERE SUBSTANCE ABUSE IS A WIDESPREAD PROBLEM.

 

INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY

On Aug 31, 2018, Tess Bargebuhr of Fox 8 reported on International Overdose Awareness Day:

Chase Holleman with GCSTOP says overdoses in the Triad area are still rising, but deaths from overdose are starting to fall. He said the potency of drugs being sold likely plays a role in the increase.

“It’s really impossible to tell what you’re doing and how much of what you’re doing is safe, so it’s essentially poison,” he said.

Watch the video here.

GCSTOP PUSHES FORWARD

On July 18, 2018, Allison Smith of Fox 8 reported on Guilford County Solution to the Opioid Problem:

Guilford County Solution to the Opioid Problem (GCSTOP) continues to push forward in its mission to decrease overdose deaths.

Since launching in March, GCSTOP has helped 197 people in Guilford County.

“Some folks we contact really would like to go to treatment, they’ve just been waiting for an opportunity to. They have no idea how to get to treatment,” said Chase Holleman, GCSTOP navigator.

The High Point Police Department started tracking heroin overdoses and deaths in 2014.

So far in 2018, the High Point Police Department has responded to 96 overdoses and five of those were fatal.

In Greensboro, police have responded to 210 overdoses and 35 resulted in death.

GCSTOP is working nonstop to reduce these numbers by providing life-saving resources to the opioid user population.

Watch the video here.