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Marion County health center creates new opiate response plan

Trinity Behavioral Health Care has a opiate response plan to combat the issue.

Like many communities in our state and country, Marion County leaders said it has a serious opiate epidemic.

It is currently ranked the fourth most opiate-affected county in the state.

Trinity Behavioral Health Care has an opiate response plan to combat the issue.

"These kids these days, they're in a whole different world of addictive substances than those of us in our 50's or 60's dealt with when we were young," Executive Director Donny Brock said.

Brock is more than 30 years sober and he understand the importance of opioid addiction treatment.

"All the support system and network isn't as strong in a rural area, so to have a program like this that will actually meet the clients where they are," Brock said.

He said the new opiate response plan will help patients right away.

It is a partnership with Carolina Hospital System, Healthcare Partners, Helping Hands Free Medical Center, the Marion County Sheriff's Department, Marion and Mullins City Police Departments and Marion County EMS.

Brock said they will place case managers right in the ER and at primary care offices.

"Do the assessment on site if they're in the hospital. If they're not, meet them at their home and do the assessment and get them into that program, almost immediately," Brock said.

To help people get off drugs, Brock said they will start a medication assistance therapy treatment program.

It will be at the new larger facility they're building in the county. Their service in neighboring Pee Dee counties are operating at its 300 patient capacity.

"There'll be a few out-patient subscribers that will be prescribing suboxone as part of our opiate medication assistance therapy," Brock said.

All EMS and law enforcement agencies in the county will also have access to narcan.

"They use narcan, they will notify our team and we will hook up with them [the patients] within 24 hours," Brock said.

James Brogdon's law firm in the county helped file a lawsuit against drug distributors.

He said the plan is a huge step in the right direction.

"It's gonna take leaders in all facets of the community taking action to try to help those that have a problem and to try to stem the epidemic," Brogdon said.

Trinity hopes to have the plan fully in place by June.

The new facility is expected to be completed by 2019.

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