* NC Division of Public Health, NC Injury & Violence Prevention Branch, 2011
From 2002-2011, the rate of unintentional poisoning deaths was 12.5 deaths per 100,000 residents.
In the 10-year period from 2002 to 2011, 164 deaths were due to poisoning. Of these, 125 (76%) were unintentional poisonings.
90% of all unintentional poisoning deaths were drug/medication-related overdose deaths.
Opioid analgesics (methadone, other opioids, synthetic narcotics) were the top three contributors.
According to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department:
As many as 3-4 deaths per month are attributed to overdose
7-10 overdoses weekly are treated by first responders
80-85% of all crimes in Henderson County are linked to substance abuse
HopeRx is a community-based prescription drug abuse initiative centered on education, prevention and treatment. Building upon the success of the Project Lazarus model, HopeRx has been developed by Henderson County Partnership for Health as a community collaborative to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drug abuse in Henderson County and help identify effective environmental strategies for prevention as well as treatment options.HopeRx is based on a public health model with the premise that drug overdose deaths are preventable and that all communities are ultimately responsible for their own health.
Community Input and participation is the core of HopeRx. Building a strong community coalition is a multi-step process:
1. Engage high-level stakeholders: Involve decision makers from the key sectors that should be represented.
2. Bring together the larger community: Host community forums to share information about the issue of prescription drug abuse/misuse/overdose and educate the public on preventive strategies.
3. Establish a working coalition: The key is to develop a core of community leaders to implement and accomplish the goals of addressing prescription drug abuse prevention. It takes an entire community cooperative to be successful.
• Raise public awareness of the problem of overdose from prescription drugs.
• Educate the Community to recognize and avoid the dangers of misuse/abuse of prescription drugs.
• Provide Diversion Control opportunities to reduce the presence of unused medications in society and keep needed prescribed drugs in the proper hands.
• Encourage Hospital Emergency Department policies to encourage safe prescribing of controlled substances and provide meaningful referrals for chronic pain and addiction.
• Find effective treatment options.
• Find solutions for Harm Reduction, including access to the antidote Naloxone, used to prevent opiate overdose deaths.
Levels of sponsorship with names will be listed at all community events and online.
Your tax deductable donations are greatly appreciated in any amount.
Checks may be payable to:
The Free Clinics – FBO HopeRx
841 Case St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Public Awareness of the problem of overdose for prescription opioid analgesics.
Coalition Action to coordinate all sectors of the community response.
Data and Evaluation to ground a community’s unique approach in their locally identified needs and improve interventions.
Community Education to improve the public’s capacity to recognize and avoid the dangers of misuse/abuse of prescription opioids.
Provider Education to support screening and appropriate treatment for mental illness, addiction, and pain.
Hospital ED Policies to encourage safe prescribing of controlled substances and provide meaningful referrals for chronic pain and addiction.
Diversion Control to reduce the presence of unused medicines in society.
Pain Patient Support to help patients and caregivers manage chronic pain.
Harm Reduction to help prevent opioid overdose deaths with the antidote Naloxone.
Addiction Treatment to help find effective treatment for those ready to enter recovery.
Executive Director, Hope Rx