In April 2016, more than 80 people attended a town hall meeting about opioid addiction in Gaston County. The concern and the conversation generated from this meeting demonstrated a clear need for organized follow-up.
Within weeks, the Gaston Community Healthcare Commission, a program of Gaston Together, established what is now the Gaston Controlled Substance Coalition. The Coalition’s goals are to:

  • Encourage organizations to join the Coalition to work together and accomplish what individual organizations cannot do alone.
  • Engage stakeholders: persons living with and affected by Opioid Use Disorder and leaders in the fields of medicine, behavioral health, education, emergency medical services, law enforcement, business, government, public health, and the faith community.
  • Work with stakeholders to design and conduct programs that prevent Opioid Use Disorder and help impacted persons secure treatment and support services.
  • Share member organizations’ programs and successes to inspire innovative programming in other organizations.
Through these objectives, the Coalition builds awareness in the community about Opioid Use Disorder, identifies needs, and engages with agencies to increase their understanding of community resources and establish new programs. The Coalition has already collaborated on the County Manager’s Opioid Summit, helped establish an Opioid Overdose Response Team, formed a faith and opioids program so clergy and lay leaders can help congregants impacted by OUD, provides community naloxone education and training, conducts drug takeback programs, conducts a support group, and is creating a program to help businesses address employee opioid issues with understanding and compassion.


To educate the community about opioid abuse and opioid-related deaths and work to eliminate opioid addiction in Gaston County. 


The mission of the Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition is to engage professionals, community leaders, and opioid-impacted persons to collaboratively inspire, develop, and conduct stigma-free programs that:

  • Prevent the onset of addiction to controlled substances
  • Assure the adoption of safe opioid prescribing practices
  • Assure the delivery of comprehensive drug treatment and mental health services for persons in need




by actively seeking the opinions, suggestions, and criticisms of professional and community stakeholders on our work with the opioid crisis


by helping employers, courts, and other organizations adopt policies and programs that support recovery and help people with Opioid Use Disorder achieve wellbeing



by investing our resources in programs and activities to generate strong and lasting results



 by working with community and professional stakeholders, we develop and encourage others to establish well-designed opioid prevention programs and help people secure drug treatment


 by honoring the humanity of persons affected by Opioid Use Disorder and helping dismantle the stigma that surrounds this issue


by compassionately helping affected persons and their families understand the many facets of Opioid Use Disorder and its treatment


 by holding Coalition members and organizations responsible for high-quality programming, full engagement, and follow-up


The goals of Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition are to:

  • Prevent Opioid Use Disorder through responsible prescribing
  • Provide education to empower parents, teachers, businesses, houses of worship, and civic organizations to educate loved ones, students, employees, and members about opioid addiction prevention and treatment
  • Help affected persons secure the treatment and support they need to sustain long-term recovery

The Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition convenes community stakeholders to build effective and accessible programs. 

Contact Us


601 West Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28052

PO Box 817, Gastonia, NC 28053

8:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday

704-867-9869 x110 and x111

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