Opioid Awareness event in Lowcountry

Crime & Safety

A chance to raise awareness and give people treatment options about a growing problem in Beaufort County and around the Nation, Opioid abuse.

That’s the goal of an event in Beaufort Tuesday.

Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts will host an opioid abuse and overdose awareness event organized by the Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department.

The USCB Center for the Arts, located at 805 Carteret Street in Beaufort, is hoping to help promote awareness of opioid abuse and overdoses in our community.

“We are all part of the solution and if we can bring awareness and silence the stigma and stereotyping around it because we feel like the stereotyping and stigma surrounding it are dealy. That people aren’t reaching out to the resources they need for fear of being stereotyped,” says Katie Godowins, a Certified Prevention Specialist from Beaufort County. “So whether they go for traditional treatment or medically assisted treatment we just want them to know what resources are available.”

Event speakers include Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner, Sara Goldsby, director of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, Beaufort County Coroner Edward Allen, and members of the community, who have been directly affected by opioid abuse and overdoses.

“Addiction does not have a certain demographic,” said Godowins. “It affects everybody it could affect anyone at any time and going through anything. It could be someone who fell and hurt themselves and ended up in a doctors office and ended up addicted so its anyone and everyone.”

In the interest of keeping potentially dangerous drugs out of circulation, representatives from the Sheriff’s Office will have a “Take Back the Meds” table set up to collect unused and expired prescription medications.

The “Take Back the Meds” table will be set up from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., just outside of the Center for the Arts. No sharps will be accepted. In addition, information about treatment, mental health and support groups will be available at the event.

For more information call Katie Godowns from the Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department at 843-255-6003.

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