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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.

 
 

Mission:
To bring diverse organizations and individuals together to educate, change policies, expand access and improve treatment for opioid addiction

Vision:
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:

 
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Law & Order
Committee

  • 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

Education
Committee 

  • 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
Community Committee

  • 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

Join us for our next meeting:
4th Thursday of every month at 8am
First Presbyterian Church
345 Market St, Bloomsburg PA 17815

 

Learn more about the work done by PA STOP and the UNITED IN RECOVERY COALITION.

For more resources, click the links below.

 
 

UPDATE:

UNFORTUNATELY, our 5K Walk/Run
that was going to be hosted on October 12th
has been CANCELLED
and will not be taking place this year.

We truly apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

Please contact us at (570) 784 3134
or at campaign@cmcuw.org for any further information.

 
 

We also want to thank our incredible sponsors for the amazing support they have been providing!