NC Opioid Settlement funds are already making a critical impact in our community, due in part to the collaboration and dedication of our local partners that are providing opioid response services.
Below is a list of recent, Opioid funded projects in Pitt County's community-focused initiatives.
• December 19, 2022: During the December 19,2022 Board of County Commissioners meeting, $100,000 of Pitt County Opioid Settlement Fund was approved for Pitt Community College Reentry program. PCC will utilize funds to support programs that connect incarcerated persons to addiction treatment, recovery support, harm reduction services, primary healthcare, or other services of supports they need upon release from jail or prison; funds will also be utilized for programs offering employment support services to people in treatment or recovery, or people who use drugs, such as job training, job skills, job placement, interview coaching, resume review, professional attire, relevant courses at community college, transportation services or similar supports and services.
• February 6, 2023: During the February 6,2023 Board of County Commissioners meeting, $100,000 of Pitt County Opioid Settlement Fund was approved for ekiM for Change Syringe Service Program. ekiM for Change will utilize funds for harm reduction services through its syringe service program which includes providing syringes, naloxone, or other harm reduction supplies, disposal of used syringes.
• February 6, 2023: During the February 6, 2023, Board of County Commissioners meeting, $105,000 of Pitt County Opioid Settlement Fund was approved for Pitt County Coalition on Substance Use. PCCSU will utilize funds for programs, services and training to encourage early identification and intervention for children or adolescents who may be struggling with problematic use of drugs or mental health conditions.
• April 10, 2023: Pitt County's Public Health department received $5,000 to re-stock their Narcan vending machine that is located at the Pitt County Detention Center. This vending machine is in a publicly accessible location at the Pitt County Detention Center and is available to persons at risk of opioid overdose and their social networks including but not limited to people being released from custody at the Detention Center and community- based organizations that provide services to people who use drugs.
• May, 2023: $5,000 bought 96 doses of Narcan, distributed weekly to the Detention Center 24 doses at a time, and now done. Definitely a lifesaving resource provided at the detention center 96 times!