Reducing Opioid Dependency Initiative
Lee County Government through the R.E.N.E.W. (Resources for Eliminating Barriers, creating New Beginnings, and providing Education for an enhanced Well-being) initiative aims to see a downward trend in all Opioid Indicators with the overall vision to save lives of our community members. Lee County Government's second initiative that will fall under the R.E.N.E.W. Lee County program is the “Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Reduction Initiative.” Using funds from the opioid settlements, Lee County Government hopes to reduce the prevalence of OUD within our community by investing in research based practices and programs currently operating in and around Lee County. Through the OUD Reduction Initiative, Lee County Government will assist to break down barriers in accessing evidence based treatment for OUD and support individuals in recovery.
Community Support Services, along with other various County departments, will be utilizing this funding in efforts to help people break free of OUD. This initiative will be guided by Lee County's Opioid Settlement Funds Strategic Plan . The R.E.N.E.W. approach is incorporated into the goals within this plan and will continue to drive decision making in future funding allocations. The opioid settlement dollars will help greatly in our efforts to reduce OUD in Lee County, but it will take continued efforts and collaboration across the County to succeed.
If you or a loved one is struggling with Substance Use Disorder, please contact Lee County Government Community Support Services at RENEW@leecountync.gov or at (919) 718-4610x5584.