WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – In an effort to battle the opioid addiction issue, the City of Wilmington has announced an additional $100,000 investment into the Coastal Horizons Quick Response Team (QRT).
Since its start in July 2018, the QRT has helped connect more than 500 overdose survivors to treatment.
“Through the American Rescue Plan Act, we’re able to put more money where it’s needed and immediately help people that are in need,” Wilmington Bill Saffo said during a news conference Thursday. “With the additional money, Coastal Horizons will be able to expand their work and respond to the needs of Wilmington.”
According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, New Hanover County’s rate of unintentional opioid overdose deaths last year was 32 deaths per 100,000 residents — 45% higher than the state as a whole.
“This is not a donation, this is an investment,” said Kenny House with Coastal Horizons. “We’re not talking about just saving lives because when an individual’s life is saved, it’s their family unit that is saved. And often times it’s their neighborhood that’s saved because of the way addiction impacts a community. So this new funding is an investment in making sure we can reach out to this population.”
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