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Organizations team up to help public

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From left are Lynn Hagwood, prevention specialist of PORT Health Services, Amanda Flory, transitional care social worker at Coastal Plain Hospital, Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashore and Debbie Sudekum, prevention supervisor of PORT Health Services.

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From Contributed Reports

Saturday, March 18, 2017

PORT Health Services is a 501(c)3 organization that provides a continuum of care of care for consumers seeking mental health and substance abuse services.

Eastpointe LME has contracted with PORT Health Services to provide substance abuse prevention services in Nash County.

Prevention staff provides educational classes in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, which serve to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors. Staff also provides parenting classes that address the skills needed to increase parents or guardians ability to address issues facing our youth.

One of the most important roles staff has is to assist communities in addressing their needs, particularly those pertaining to substance use or abuse. This can be accomplished by providing technical support, serving on coalition and addressing community norms and policies.

PORT Health Services has met with the Coalition for Addiction Recovery and Education in an effort to collaborate on strategies which focus on the opioid epidemic facing not only our nation, state but our local communities. The Coalition for Addiction Recovery and Education was formed in Nash County in February 2016 in response to the opioid epidemic that has impacted numerous individuals and families in the county.

CARE is comprised of community members and organizations that meet monthly to work collaboratively on solutions related to eliminating addiction and improving the health of the community. CARE and PORT Health Services are committed to provide the community outreach, education and materials. Therefore, PORT Health Services has donated 50 medicine lock boxes that will enable communities' members to lock up their medication to deter others from obtaining and using medication not prescribed to them. These boxes will be available upon request and approval of the Coalition for Addiction Recovery and Education.

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