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Myrtle Beach VA Partners with the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative on Opioid Education for Veterans



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 20, 2022


MYRTLE BEACH, SC – On Tuesday, December 20th the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) brought the RALI CARES trailer to the Myrtle Beach VA Clinic where it was set up to educate staff, veterans, and community members about opioid misuse and early warning signs. The RALI CARES trailer is designed to look like a teenager’s or young adult’s bedroom, but it is filled with hidden warning signs of substance misuse. Former law enforcement from Code 3 point out the red flags of substance misuse based on their years of experience and discuss ways to seek help if someone is struggling with addiction.


“RALI has continued to do important work across the country in recent years, and I’m thrilled their CARES educational program came to our home state of South Carolina,” said Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.). “Our veterans have dedicated their lives to serving our country, and far too often do they struggle with mental health and addiction. I am thankful for all of our veterans, and for the organizations who are doing the important work in educating communities about substance misuse.”


“Many veterans struggle with mental health and substance misuse,” said Bernard McLeroy, Peer Support Specialist at the Myrtle Beach VA. “We are thrilled that we have the RALI CARES trailer here with us at our facility today because education is the first step in fighting this epidemic. We hope that those who toured the trailer were able to learn something valuable to take home to their communities.”


To learn more about RALI, safe disposal efforts visit http://www.raliusa.org/.



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The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) supports programs that help prevent the misuse of prescription medicines so that more lives can be saved from the opioid crisis. We do this by bringing together community leaders and elected officials who are committed to finding effective solutions and sharing ideas that will make a difference across the state.

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