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Message from Opioid Task Force Leadership
Thomas F. Mark, Craven County Commissioner
Scott Harrelson Craven County Health Director
Tyler B. Harris, Former Craven County Manager
In the summer of 2017 the Craven County Board of Commissioners knew it was time to address the opiate crisis in our county and to discuss a way forward to combat this uncontrolled usage and the resulting devastation to our citizens, their families and the vitality of our community. The Commissioners held a community forum in September 2017 which included elected officials, community leaders and professionals within the substance abuse field. Data was presented, discussion ensued and initial recommendations resulted.
In March 2018 the Commissioners appointed a 45 member task force that would be committed to spending the necessary time and energy to convene and to adopt reasonable and feasible recommendations intended to stem the opiate usage in our county. The task force was organized into four distinct sub-committees or working groups: the Outreach, Education, Law Enforcement/First Responder and Treatment sub-committees.
We recognize that there are no quick fixes in dealing with this matter; however, with the proper resolve to carry through with the recommendations of the sub-committees, the willingness to adopt the plan and review it on an annual basis, and the commitment of necessary resources by our county, community and leadership, we can make a huge difference in abating this deadly scourge in Craven County.
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