RALI CARES & Code 3 Opioid Educational Trailer Visits Joyner Park Community Center in NC
The RALI CARES program made its first stop in the State of North Carolina at the Joyner Park Community Center in Wake Forest, NC on Saturday, November 9. Local law enforcement, substance abuse counselors, and a number of interested parents toured the opioid awareness trailer during the program. The 15 substance abuse counselors in attendance received accreditation hours for attending by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board, which promoted the program to its 350+ members across the state. Former State Rep. Chris Malone (pictured below) attended the event and expressed how impressed he was with the educational material at hand, while urging others to learn more about RALI CARES efforts to help fight the opioid epidemic. RALI CARES worked with the Town of Wake Forest, the Wake Forest Gazette, and the Wake Weekly, to help promote the event.
Watch the video event recap:
The impact of the opioid crisis is felt in communities across the United States. In 2017 alone, more than 70,000 individuals lost their lives to drug overdoses – the majority of which were caused by opioids. Just in North Carolina, out of all drug overdose deaths reported in 2016 – per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – there were more than 1500 resulting from opioid abuse, and in 2017 nearly 2000 linked to opioids, an increase of some 28.6 percent. This significant rise unfortunately makes North Carolina one of the highest-ranking states in terms of largest increases reported in death rates from drug overdoses, particularly from prescription opioids. For 2018 tracking purposes, the CDC has not yet presented its data at present time regarding the opioid crisis in NC, but the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services maintains a database looking at opioid related deaths, overdoses, and statistics.