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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 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.

 

Alex Smith, Intern

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Alex Smith is a senior at UNCG pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics with plans to continue his education in the Masters of Applied Economics program. He is also a student in long-term recovery from substance use. What this means for him is that he has not used any alcohol or other drugs since 2012. As a founding student member of the first collegiate recovery community at UNCG called the Spartan Recovery Program, Alex has aggressively worked to build a recovery-minded culture of empowerment, purpose and inclusion on campus. He is also currently working with the Attorney General of North Carolina Josh Stein on the Collegiate Opioid Misuse Council to design and implement new policies that will create mechanisms for the UNC collegiate education system to positively impact opioid misuse by students. In his spare time, Alex enjoys hiking in the mountains and traveling with friends.

 

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.

 

 

Kirstyn Henning, Project Assistant

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Kirstyn Henning

Kirstyn Henning is a senior at UNCG pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in criminology. She is the current president of the UNCG Sociology Club and has volunteered with the club since August 2015. Kirstyn is also an intern at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office for the spring semester. She wishes to learn more about the opiod problem in Guilford County and how to find relief for this issue.

 

 

 

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