Carteret Co. Health Department to host substance abuse prevention, recovery fair


MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - The Carteret County Health Department will host the 3rd annual Making Great Strikdes for a Healthier Carteret County this Saturday.

Below is a press release on the event


Carteret County Health Department, in collaboration with the Peer Recovery Center of Carteret County, and Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention will host the 3rd annual "Making Great Strides for a Healthier Carteret County" on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at Carteret County Health Department, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Events that day include a walk to celebrate those in recovery, a health and resource fair, unused medication drop off, Town Hall meeting, and child seat check. Town Hall meeting panelists to address substance abuse and prevention include: Carteret County Sheriff; Carteret County Health Director; District Administrator for Guardian Ad Litem; Town of Newport Mayor; a local Substance Abuse Treatment Provider; an individual currently in recovery; and, a parent of a child suffering from addiction. Following the Town Hall meeting, speakers from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Nar-Anon, and Al-Anon will provide information at the Peer Recovery Center. "This event is a collaborative effort to raise awareness within the community of the issues and resources available to county residents in the areas of substance abuse prevention and recovery," states Tom Pittman, LPC, of Peer Recovery Center. In 2015, 43.4 million people aged 18 or older (17.9 percent of adults) had a diagnosed mental illness according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For the same period, 20.8 million people aged 12 or older (7.8 percent) had a substance use disorder, and, 8.1 million adults, aged 18 or older, had both a substance use disorder and a mental illness. For 2017, over 250 Emergency Department visits have occurred for drug abuse and dependence in Carteret County. This community event is free and open to the public. Additional family activities include a dunking booth and face painting. The event is scheduled to occur rain or shine. For additional information, or if you would like to register your organization for a table at the event, please contact the Health Department at 252.728.8550, Extension 5763.

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