This program works for a more compassionate response to the growing opioid epidemic, and by extension other forms of substance use. The evidence-based principles of harm reduction practices are central to the prevention of deaths by overdose and to reducing the negative effects of drug use on individual lives. Understanding harm reduction and that substance use disorder is a public health issue are at the very core of the program. Evidence readily supports the benefit of having faith communities and people of faith as compassion allies for people who use drugs.
Clergy play a crucial role in the mental health delivery system and are often contacted before a physician or psychiatrist. With this program, we provide faith leaders and communities of faith across the state with accurate information, accessible resources, and the means to dispel the myths about the opioid crisis. With accurate information, we can all work toward compassionate rather than coercive responses, restorative rather than retributive responses.
New Grant Opportunity!
Partners in Health and Wholeness is delighted to offer mini-grants to North Carolina faith communities interested in working around the overdose crisis. We are accepting applications now through November 30!
The first step to applying for a mini-grant is to join The PHW Collaborative. The Collaborative is open to any faith community in North Carolina who worships together regularly in a physical location.
Already a member of The Collaborative? Email us for a link to the grant application form.
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