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GCSTOP – Guilford County Solution to the Opioid Problem

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Non-Emergency Overdose Assistance and Syringe Exchange Call or Text: (336) 505-8122

There were over 700 overdoses from opioids in Guilford County in 2017. This project leverages one time funds allocated by the NC General Assembly to design, implement, and evaluate a rapid response program intended to decrease mortality from opioid overdoses among the opioid user population. Guilford Solution to the Opioid Problem (GSTOP) will engage citizens who overdose in harm reduction practices, distribute naloxone, conduct community health education, coordinate community resources, and build relationships focused on ending opioid overdose. The project will also include extensive evaluation and research components.

 

Chase Holleman, GCSTOP Navigator

Chase Holleman

Chase Holleman

Chase Holleman, LCSWA, LCAS is a social worker specializing in the needs of persons affected by substance use. Chase’s area of focus are recovery oriented systems of care and harm reduction. He brings both personal experience as a person in long-term recovery from drug use and professional experience as an advocate and as a provider of direct services.

While finishing his Master’s in Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chase developed a naloxone distribution program in High Point that has received state recognition for its success. He also has served as a consultant to a state-wide technical assistance project and co-founded CURE Triad, a local coalition dedicated to the issue of substance use.  He has received awards from The Greensboro Community Foundation, The National Association of Social Workers – NC Chapter, and The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office in recognition of his service to the Guilford County community.

Chase is now the navigator and case manager for the Guilford County Solution to The Opioid Problem (GCSTOP), a program designed to serve some of our community’s most vulnerable populations; people who have overdosed and others who are at high risk for opioid related mortality.

Guillermo Tremols

 

Guillermo Tremols, Syringe Exchange Coordinator, MSW Intern

Guillermo Tremols is a person in long-term recovery who is pursuing his Masters of Social Work (MSW) and licensure as a Clinical Addiction Specialist. He is presently the Syringe Exchange Program Coordinator at Guilford County Solution to the Opioid Problem (GCSTOP). Guillermo is committed to the principles of person-centered therapy and harm reduction while serving some of our community’s most vulnerable members.

Matthew Reiland, MSW Intern

Matt Reiland

Matthew Reiland is a graduate intern with GCSTOP and is pursuing his
Masters of Social Work (MSW) at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill.  He is also a graduate of Guilford College.  Matthew has extensive experience with Substance Use Disorders and is a passionate advocate for equal rights and access to health care and housing.  He is particularly interested in integrated behavioral healthcare in community health centers, urgent care clinics, family medicine, and primary practice settings.   He intends to become a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).  Matthew and his wife Rachel are expecting their first two children, twins in November.

 

Bryan Kendrick, MSW Intern

Bryan Kendrick

Bryan Kendrick is an intern with GCSTOP and currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work at UNCG and NC A&T as a proud member of the JMSW program.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Arizona State University.  Bryan is an Army veteran with 11 years of service to include multiple combat deployments.  Bryan is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist.  He is also a father of two beautiful girls and a husband to his best friend, Robin.  Bryan brings his personal experience as a person in both recovery and someone living with mental illness to the GCSTOP team.  Bryan plans to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS).

Debbie Long , BSW Intern

Debbie Long

Debbie is a young, black, gender-maneuvering, artist and activist who believes deeply in the power of art and culture to incite social change. Art is who and what she is. It is how she navigates the realm of social justice and movement work. Debbie is currently enrolled as a student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she studies Social Work and Music. She combines the two disciplines in an effort to serve the community through radical community based knowledge sharing. Debbie is passionate about people and believes that art is the vehicle that keeps the movement moving per it’s transformative powers and ability to produce moral fervor.

 

Autumn Yates, BSW Intern

Autumn is a junior Social Work major and political science minor. She enjoys doing community outreach and service work, and is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award. With this award, she will be conducting educational trainings on harm reducti

Autumn Yates

on in areas with high rates of overdoses. Her work with GCSTOP allows her to gain experience in the field of substance use, and further drives her passion to influence more human-centered drug policies.

Iris Flovin, Project Assistant

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Iris Flovin

Flovin is an undergraduate student studying Public Health. She has been on the dean’s list multiple semesters at UNCG. She received the Patterson Scholarship and is a member the national Public Health honorary Eta Sigma Gamma. Her interests include chronic disease and health policy. She hopes to be involved in finding relief for chronic pain without feeding the nations opioid problem. Through her work with G-Stop she wants to learn more about the needs of those with pain and other conditions who use opiates or have stopped.  She will graduate in the spring of 2019. When not working with CHCS she enjoys time outside and working on craft projects.

 

 

 

 

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