DEFT

The Richmond County Drug Endangered Family Taskforce was formed to address the opioid crisis in our local neighborhoods. Community stakeholders, county government, and local agencies have joined forces to provide treatment resources and community education. We are committed to bringing awareness and prevention to Richmond County and its residents.

Richmond County Health and Human Services are offering a free Peer Support Program and Recovery Coaching for people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. “Recovery is Possible!”

Richmond County offers free assessments for anyone interested in being connected with treatment options, counseling, rehab, and detox. We also have a weekly Addiction Recovery Support Group every Wednesday from 5-6 pm at the Richmond County Health Department. Recovery Solutions

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FOCUS  AREAS:

1) Reduce oversupply of prescription opioids

2) Increase community awareness and prevention

3) Measure our impact and revise strategies based on results

The Taskforce meets on a monthly basis, gathering on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the Large Classroom of the Richmond County Health Department.

The Mission of the Richmond County Drug Endangered Family Taskforce is to prevent prescription and illegal drug overdoses. The taskforce will form partnerships, raise awareness, and educate the community on this public issue in hopes of reducing overdoses and increasing access to treatment.

Contact Information: 

Theressa Smith      

Operations Manager
Richmond County Social Services
125 Caroline Street
Rockingham, NC 28379
910-997-8379
Theressa.Smith@richmondnc.com


August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day.

 

The Pinwheel Garden is thanks to the efforts of the Sandhills Opioid Response Consortium and was done in five counties (Moore, Richmond, Hoke, Montgomery, Lee).  The event commemorates International Overdose Awareness Day. The event is the world’s largest annual campaign to end drug overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.  

The Centers for Disease Control report that almost 841,000 people have died in the United States since 1999 from a drug overdose. More than 70 percent of those deaths involved opioids, drugs designed to reduce pain but are exceptionally addictive and deadly when taken in high doses or with other drugs. 

The number of overdoses in Richmond County is 167 for 2020 (per EMS data).

Pinwheels for Opioid Deaths Prevention Day 2021