Coalition and Committees
The Coalition meets every other month to set policy, make program decisions, receive program updates from its committees, subcommittees, and workgroups, and to receive education on new developments in preventing, treating, and supporting persons with opioid use disorder. Membership on the Coalition is open to all persons living and working in Gaston County. If you’d like to join us, please contact us.
The Steering Committee coordinates committee initiatives; tracks program activities and outcomes; and, plans Coalition agendas. It is composed of 12 members: the Coalition chairperson, the Coalition vice-chairperson, committee chairpersons, and representatives of key stakeholder groups.
The Professional Education Committee develops and implements education and related programs to help prescribers meet the requirements of the North Carolina STOP Act.
The Community Education & Prevention Committee works to deliver education to community groups, houses of worship, schools, businesses, and the general public on the biochemistry of opioids and opioid use disorder (OUD), preventing the onset of OUD, and dismantling the stigma of opioids. The Committee also oversees media relations, community presentations, and the collecting of medications to reduce the risk of OUD and drug diversion in Gaston County.
The Faith and Opioids Group works through the Gaston Faith and Opioids Program to build the skills of
The Medication Take-back Subcommittee conducts drug take-back programs at community events and houses of worship so county residents can safely dispose of opioids and other medications and prevent their diversion. It also disseminates information on the locations of drug boxes where collected medications will be safely destroyed.
The Treatment Linkages Committee works to assure Gaston County has an adequate supply of effective, accessible, and integrated medical and behavioral treatment resources to meet the demand of all persons with OUD.
The Opioid Prevention and Treatment Champions Workgroup is developing the Opioid Prevention and Treatment Champions Program to strengthen the capacity of for-profit and nonprofit organizations to meet the opioid-related needs of employees and constituents without stigma. The workgroup is a joint initiative of the Community Education and Prevention and the Treatment Linkages Committees.
The Adult Recovery Court Workgroup is developing a Recovery Court for adults arrested for drug-related offenses. Eligible repeat offenders would receive drug treatment in exchange for not serving additional jail time. If successful, their current drug charge would be dismissed.