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BBQ at Connelly Springs for Addiction Treatment Center
A barbeque was held last weekend to raise money for a future drug rehab facility and awareness about the issue of drug and alcohol abuse in Connelly Springs, North Carolina.
By: Addiction Now
The barbeque was held by Jaime Torres Ministries (JTM), which was founded by Jaime Torres, who decided tp people after serving time in prison for drug-related offenses. He has gone across the world to promote a different way of life for those struggling with substance use disorders.
The objectives of the JTM are to save, heal and set people free. The vision of the ministry is to implore and strengthen the community through love and forgiveness.
Torres said he would like to formulate a Christian-based drug and alcohol rehab center that he will call Grace Place to help Burke County residents. He is not sure about how much it would cost to build the drug abuse treatment center.
There are no substance abuse treatment centers located in Connelly Springs, according to the 2018 National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Facilities.
According to the North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, 38 people visited the emergency department (ED) in Burke County due to opioid-related overdoses from January to August. That is an increase from the same period in 2017 where 27 people went to the ED after an opioid-related overdose.
The injury and violence prevention branch also revealed that there were 1,683 opioid overdose deaths in 2017. There were 5,844 ED visits due to opioid overdoses and areas in the state reported 4,176 naloxone reversals. Provisional data illustrated that there were 3,688 ED visits related to opioid use this year, 455 in August.