Durham Joins Together

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North Carolina Local Governments and the Opioid Crisis: 
A Collective Impact Approach to Making Policy and Changing Lives.

Prescription medsThe Durham Joins Together to Save Lives taskforce and its partnership with the Durham County Post-Overdose Response Team link The Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH), Alliance Health, the Durham Recovery Response Center, Duke Health, Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center, and Durham County Emergency Medical Services Community Paramedics. In support of these partnerships, DCoDPH was awarded grant funding to continue combating the opioid crisis by supporting a post-overdose response team, connecting justice-involved persons to evidence-based care for opioid use disorder, and focusing on expanding housing resources to reduce opioid use. Click here to learn more. 

 Durham Joins Together (DJT) to Save Lives  

 Co-Chair Wendy Jacobs,
Chair Durham Board of County Commissioners
Co-Chair Dr. Wanda Boone, CEO
Together for Resilient Youth


Committee Co-Chairs

Mental Health/Treatment - Cindy Haynes and Dr. Ashwin Patkar
Medically Assisted Treatment, Peer Support post ED and Post-Release
Prevention/Education – Dr. Angeloe Burch and Dr. Wanda Boone

DJT1Use the culturally competent Seven Strategies for Community Change to prevent all forms of substance use, initiate community peer support and support parents that have lost family members due to substance use. Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience.

Data – Ryan Bell
Provide updates on Injury Prevention Branch county level data, Provide data on the impact of opioids (overdose) on the African American Community.  

Policy – Wendy Jacobs, Dr. Wanda Boone


Team Name: Durham Joins Together to Save Lives
Vision: #Living Well, Drug Free, Bull City
Mission: Eliminate and prevent substance misuse through education, peer support and treatment

Goal: Eliminate substance misuse and overdose
Objective: By 2023 decrease EMS identified overdoses by 20%. 

By 2023 decrease ED identified overdoses by 20%


Goal: Create a continuum of support
Objective: By 2019 increase access to MAT by 100%Medication Overload

 Goal: Facility-based Detox Recovery Centers
Objective: Build a second facility by 2022.


Together for Resilient Youth is the prevention arm of DJT.