March 11: Dare County Town Hall Conversations on Medication Supported Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

By on February 14, 2020

Dare County  |  Saving Lives Task Force

The Saving Lives Task Force will host a town hall event on medication supported treatment on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5:30- 8:00pm at the Dare County Center on 950 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo. Medication supported treatment for substance use disorders has been a topic of controversy in communities since it first became an option. Yet despite evidence that such treatments reduce risk and enhance opportunity for sustaining and lasting recovery, many treatment providers do not offer the service.

The event will feature keynote speaker Paul Nagy, Assistant Professor with Duke University School of Medicine’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department. Nagy will review the science of addiction and recovery as well as an honest perspective on the common concerns, risks and potential benefits associated with medication supported care. Personal testimonials from community members and facilitated discussion through a panel style will follow Nagy’s presentation and provide attendees with a better understanding of the issues and opportunities associated with medication supported treatment.

Wally Overman, Vice Chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and Co-Chairman of The Saving Lives Task Force, will provide a welcome address and encourages all residents to attend to learn about medication supported treatment, “There are many myths and misperceptions about addiction, recovery and medication supported treatment. We want the community as a whole to have a better understanding of the benefits and challenges associated with this type of treatment. Our hope is that through education on this topic, we can eliminate stigma and support individuals in accessing appropriate care for substance use disorders.”

The event is presented by The Saving Lives Task Force, Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse and Outer Banks Community Foundation. Information about substance abuse resources and services in Dare County will also be available during the event.

For more information regarding this event or The Saving Lives Task Force, please contact Roxana Ballinger, Saving Lives Task Force Co-Chair with the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services  at 252-475-5619 or [email protected]

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