In early 2017, United Way of Greater Susquehanna Valley and United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties worked together with Project Bald Eagle to host community information sessions as a beginning to assessing the community’s interest in tackling the growing opioid crisis affecting our region and the entire country.
Shortly thereafter, each of the counties decided upon their own approach based on community demographics and infrastructure. From there, three coalitions were born: Columbia-Montour, Northumberland and Snyder-Union.
Work quickly began on separate community strategies that address the unique needs of each county. In late 2018, recognizing that there’s power in one common message on the many paths to recovery, the coalitions came back together under the same initiative. United in Recovery is the word we use to promote our work.
Each coalition continues its work in a targeted way in each of its communities. But together, we are United in Recovery.
To bring diverse organizations and individuals together to educate, change policies, expand access and improve treatment for opioid addiction
Healthy-drug free communities coming together in support of prevention of the disease of addiction
The efforts put forth by the United in Recovery initiative are based on the work done by three committees:
Law & Order
Incorporates education/training/treatment referral mechanisms into the law and order system, including first responders and the local health systems
Supports drug courts
Supports DA/Law Enforcement efforts to stop addiction
Data sharing and community dialogue
Centered on educating the community about opioids and their addictive nature, the presentations are more effective when targeted to specific audiences
Makes connections between opioid prescription drug use and heroin addiction
Establishes opioid addiction as a chronic disease that requires treatment
Addresses stigmas and the vulnerability of all
Treatment and Recovery
Improves access and makes it easier for people to get help for themselves and others
Increases capacity of support and treatment centers
Naxolone training and education