In November 2015, groups and organizations in Wake County working to prevent and respond to heroin and opioid overdoses formed the Wake County Drug Overdose Prevention Coalition. This collaboration helps combine resources to be more effective in preventing drug overdoses. The Coalition meets quarterly for educational information, to exchange progress updates on the Coalition work plan and networking. Subsequently, the Wake County Drug Overdose Prevention Coalition was established.
Coalition work focuses on education and outreach, data analytics, access to naloxone and syringe exchange, recovery initiation and maintenance, and first responders.
Faces of Recovery
The stigma surrounding addition and substance use prevents people from seeking out and receiving support. If we can end stigma, our communities become safer and more healthy. We can support those living in recovery, families of those in recovery and our entire community.
Coalition Subcommittees and Membership
Education and Outreach
Identifying overdose mapping areas, high drug trafficking areas and building relationships with law enforcement agencies, paramedics and firefighters, and organizations who offer treatment to substance users.
Naloxone and Syringe Exchange
Recovery Initiation and Maintenance
Athens Drive Magnet High School
Atlanta–Carolinas High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)
Fellowship Health Resources, Inc.
4-H Youth Development, NC Cooperative Extension, Wake County Center
NC DHHS-Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education
Recovery Communities of North Carolina
Wake County District Attorney’s Office
Wake County Emergency Medical Services
Wake County Health & Human Services
Wake Technical Community College
Coalition meeting dates for 2023 are:
May 4 – 12:00 - 1:30 pm, location TBD (Hybrid)
August – TBD (Hybrid)
November- TBD (Hybrid)
Subcommittees meet regularly between Coalition meetings to complete work plans.
Meeting locations vary, please call 919-212-8376 for information.