WAYS TO SERVE
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.
It is composed of 12 members: the Coalition chairperson, the Coalition vice-chairperson, committee chairpersons, and representatives of key stakeholder groups.
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 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.