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Weigh In On Buncombe County’s Opioid Settlement

by The Urban News

Opioid overdoses in Buncombe County are on the rise. From January through November, 2022, the County experienced 279 opioid overdose visits, up nearly 13% from the previous year.

Additionally, the County has experienced more than 2,500 911 calls dispatched as overdoses since November 2020.

To combat this epidemic, the county is inviting the public to help provide critical insight to help guide community resources to tackle the issue.

How you can help

Buncombe County is slated to get more than $16 million over the next 18 years from the Opioid Litigation Settlement. Your feedback on how to use this funding is vital in guiding how Buncombe County will use this money to bolster existing services while creating new grassroots resources to combat the opioid epidemic.

“Our community has the answers we need. Through community input, we can better prioritize the supports needed in our recommendations to the Commissioners for fiscal year 2024-2026,” explains Behavioral Health Manager Victoria Reichard.

“We have several services and resources currently available in Buncombe, but if there are barriers in accessing these services or the capacity does not meet the demand, we want to prioritize funds in order to reduce barriers and increase capacity. Or if we have a gap in our services, what support is needed to fill that gap.”

Buncombe County invites everyone to participate in the survey before the end of January: families of those affected, individuals with firsthand experience, and those working in the field to help others find their path to wellness.

Take the survey

Please consider taking a few minutes to complete the survey. It will take only about 10 minutes. Go to publicinput.com/buncombeopioidsettlement. Please respond by Jan. 31, 2023.

Ongoing services for opioid addiction

Currently the County offers the Community Paramedic initiative, which not only provides assistance and resources for those in need of treatment, but also helps reduce our jail population…

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