Substance Misuse Support Services:
Iredell County Health Department-
Substance Misuse Education and Prevention Team
Contact: Jennifer Kilby, Substance Misuse Prevention Outreach Coordinator
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 704-878-5300 (ext. 5541)
Latoya Sneed, Substance Misuse Prevention Community Health Worker
Email: email@example.com Phone: 704-878-5300 (ext. 3445)
Services offered: Substance misuse education, outreach materials, linkage to community resources
Olive Branch Ministry/Points of HOPE-
Counties Served: Allegheny, Ashe, Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Watauga
Main Contact number: (828) 291-7023 (call or text)
Mailing Address: 3730 N. Center Street, Hickory, NC 28601
Services offered: Peer-led harm reduction services, including peer support, syringe services, overdose response/prevention/education, naloxone distribution, fentanyl test strip distribution, jail-based education, and linkage to care.
Youth-Focused Evidence-Based Education Offered by the Iredell County Health Department:
Catch My Breath
Catch My Breath is the only evidence-based youth nicotine vaping prevention program for grades 5-12 that has been proven to substantially reduce students’ likelihood of vaping. The effectiveness of the vaping education program was published in a peer-reviewed journal, and the program is listed in SAMHSA's Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series. There are four sessions ranging from 30-40 minutes of educational programming. Included in this program is a Parent Toolkit. Our trained staff can provide this educational program within your organization, or train organization staff to teach the program.
Project ALERT's goal is to reduce the use of substances by preventing non-users from trying them and preventing experimenters from becoming regular users. The curriculum consists of 11 lessons given over 11 weeks in seventh grade, followed by three booster lessons given over three weeks in eighth grade to reinforce the lessons and solidify outcomes. The frequency of the 45-minute lessons is intentional, because one one-time lesson isn’t enough to instill self-efficacy and resistance skills. The program is delivered in middle school, because teenagers are making new friends and having new experiences. We also know from national substance use data that middle school is a prime time for prevention programming. Substance use increases as students get older, meaning the opportunity and pressures to use increase over time. Our trained staff can provide this training for your organization, but there is currently no "train the trainer" option available.
Safety First is made up of 13 lessons on alcohol, opioids/fentanyl, psychedelics, and other drugs. Each lesson is 30-40 minutes in length for grades 9-12. The purpose of all our curricula is to encourage youth to abstain from use, but this curriculum also includes a clear harm-reduction message for youth who are experimenting or using. The purpose of this program is to provide high school students with scientifically accurate information to empower them to quit, and reduce harmful outcomes. Our trained staff can provide this training for your organization, but there is currently no "train the trainer" option available.
Too Good for Drugs
Skills development is at the core of Too Good for Drugs, a universal K-12 prevention education program designed to mitigate risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use. The lessons introduce and develop skills for healthy choice making, building positive friendships, developing self-efficacy, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure and influence.
Too Good for Drugs teaches five essential character development skills to build self-efficacy, promote healthy development, and academic success: Setting Reachable Goals, Making Responsible Decisions, Bonding with Others, Identifying and Managing Emotions, Communicating Effectively. Staff will be trained on this curriculum in February. We will offer this program in 2024.
Grades K-3- ten 30 minutes fully scripted, research-based lesson
Grades 4 -5- ten 45 minutes fully scripted, research-based lesson
Grades 6-12- ten 50 minutes fully scripted, research-based lesson
If you are interested in offering these programs in your school, youth-serving organization, or Church youth-group, please contact our Health Promotion Coordinator, Dinikia Savage, by phone, at 704-924-4089 or by e-mail at Dinikia.Savage@co.iredell.nc.us
Medication Disposal Information and Resources:
Safe Use • Safe Storage • Safe Disposal • Never Share
- Only take medications prescribed to you, as prescribed
- Keep medications stored securely, and out of sight from children or guests
- Visit your local Drop Box to dispose of unused or expired medications
- At Home Disposal: Remove medication from container. Mix medication with used cat litter or used coffee grounds. Place mixture in a re-sealable bag, and place in the trash.
- Remove any names or prescription numbers on medication containers and place them in the trash as well.
- Never flush or wash down the drain.
- Never Share your prescribed medications