Community Impact NC works tirelessly to create and present resources that will help communities guide their efforts when working on the issues surrounding youth substance use and misuse. We have compiled all of the resources CINC has either created, or had a hand in creating to help further serve the communities of North Carolina.
LAWS AND LESSONS TO INFORM NORTH CAROLINA POLICY
Studies have shown that nearly half of all substance users are polysubstance users. Polysubstance use is the concurrent use of more than one type of substance. This document has been created to help show commonly misused substances and the substances they are may be used with.
Drug policy and addiction medicine experts have, for year, warned that there is no such thing as a single-drug epidemic. The medical literature supports this reality; the "opioid crisis" was the beginning of a polysubstance crisis. This literature review was created to help understand polysubstance use, and how it is effecting our work.
Health status does not merely hinge on how often we visit our doctors, how well we eat, and how often we exercise. Our health is also largely impacted by many other factors, such as access to economic opportunities, the resources and supports available where we live, the quality of our schooling, the safety of our communities and workplaces, cleanliness of our environments, and the nature of our interactions and relationships.
Community paramedicine programs empower emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to intervene and activate community resources for individuals who may benefit from substance use disorder (SUD) treatment or other services, such as naloxone dispensing.
Community paramedicine (CP) programs are an extension of emergency medical services (EMS) that provide an opportunity to cover gaps in health care services within communities.1 CP programs go beyond a traditional first responder ambulance model by blending components of public health, primary care, public safety, and prevention in a service delivery model. 2 These programs supplement — not replace — health care programs already available in a community. The goals of CP programs are to improve patient health and reduce overall health care costs.
A needs assessment revealed that a lot of people were medically underserved in the community and using the ER for primary care services. Other health disparities involving conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and uncontrolled high blood pressure were leading to further problems. The goal was to link people to services prior to a crisis developing in the community.
CINC wants your community to be informed & prepared to navigate the NC Alcohol Sales system. We've created a helpful and interactive document with link to a variety of information. This information is designed to be helpful when planning initiatives and building relationships. Your county's local ABC Board(s) are great partners for your coalition/collaborative especially when addressing underage alcohol consumption and/or of-age consumption.