At the end of August 2022, President Joseph Biden sent out a proclamation for recovery month. In his proclamation, he included, “we recommit to helping prevent substance use disorder.” As the work we do is centered on prevention, we are glad to see prevention included in this proclamation. We are grateful for the recognition of health disparities in the United States including disproportionate impacts on indigenous communities and people of color, including less access to care and greater criminalization. Thank you for putting funding into prevention, harm reduction, and treatment services!


Visit for more information and resources. In the words of one of our coalition members, Sherron Bristol, “Life happens to all of us. We’re all recovering from something.” Recovery is for everyone.

Starting Dec. 1, 2022, NC Medicaid Managed Care Standard plans and Tailored Plans will “require contracted providers, not including retail pharmacies, and with the exception of the residential provider facilities, to implement a tobacco-free policy covering any portion of the property on which the participating provider operates that is under its control as owner or lessee, to include buildings, grounds, and vehicles.”

More information can be found here and at Breathe Easy NC.

Thursday, September 22 from 9 am – 10 am, Beth Macy, will be at Gaston College for an in-person conversation and book signing on her new book, Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis. This timely book delivers a “deeply reported, deeply moving” account of everyday heroes fighting on the front lines of the overdose crisis.

This event is free and open to the public, with registration. Doors will open at 8:30 AM, and the event will begin at 9 AM.

Register here.