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Rev. Jan Brown, Executive Director of Spiritworks Foundation, and Courtney Dowell, Lead Health Promotion Specialist at Colonial Behavioral Health, share the impact of the opioid crisis in the Historic Triangle and describe the local efforts to address the issue through the creation of the Historic Triangle Drug Prevention Coalition.
The presentation includes tips to safely monitor usage, storage and disposal of prescription drugs and where to go for local treatment and recovery support.
Every day, more than three Virginians die from overdosing on opioids, including prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin and morphine, as well as heroin. With opioid abuse on the rise nationwide, organizations such as SpiritWorks and Colonial Behavioral Health, alongside area police agencies, lead the charge to combat the epidemic.
An array of local nonprofit groups found much-needed support Tuesday. The Williamsburg Community Foundation presented its second round of grants for 2017 at a luncheon inside the Ford’s Colony Country Club, awarding 17 nonprofit organizations $59,117 for a plethora of causes.
On October 12, 2017, the Williamsburg Health Foundation presented its annual award for 2017 to the Colonial Area Crisis Intervention Team, a public-private partnership that includes nearly 20 collaborating organizations led by Colonial Behavioral Health. The Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT, as it is known to its members, includes all local law enforcement agencies from Williamsburg, James City, York and Poquoson as well as mental health advocates and professionals, Riverside Doctors’ Hospital and others.
Kovar Corporation is a Virginia Knights of Columbus charity providing financial support to nonprofit organizations that serve people with intellectual disabilities.
"Crisis intervention was interesting to me," Al Boswell says. "I knew that type of work could make a difference: that maybe, I could stop an arrest from taking place; that maybe I could stop a juvenile from getting kicked out of school or from committing a crime or getting involved in crime in the future." Al is the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Coordinator. He also is a part-time crisis counselor at Colonial Behavioral Health.