GUIDE has several initiatives in Gwinnett County to address opioid use and misuse.
GUIDE has provided handouts on heroin and the brain and addiction to Gwinnett County Public Schools that are available to parents, teachers and students. In the coming months, GUIDE will be developing posters and other materials related to opioids that will be available for use throughout the schools.
Our “Inspired to Make Healthy Choices” monthly newsletter, which features several issues related to opioids, is on display throughout the county each month by several GUIDE partners, including Gwinnett County Public Schools and Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.
In addition, as the use and misuse of prescription drugs and opioids grow in Gwinnett, we are continuing to partner with the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services to identify resources and explore new prevention strategies.
The Georgia Opioid State Targeted Response is a SAMHSA funded program that was awarded to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to address the opioid crisis. This grant uses prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives to tackle the crisis. GUIDE receives funding from DBHDD as a community provider completing a Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Opioid Pilot Project. Using the SPF model, GUIDE is working in DeKalb County to assess conditions and implement appropriate evidenced-based strategies in those communities. GUIDE is partnering with existing community organizations, like local police departments and Decatur Prevention Initiative, to work within the county to engage community voice and stakeholders. One way GUIDE is working to raise awareness of this issue is by increasing knowledge about the dangers of opioid medications and how to dispose of them safely throughout communities in DeKalb County.
GUIDE’s mission is to improve community conditions by utilizing collaborations, promoting positive youth development, delivering specialized training and resources and preventing substance use and abuse.