The Carteret County Post-Overdose Response Team (PORT) provides outreach, engagement, and resource navigation to individuals who have serious opioid and other substance use challenges. This may include experiencing overdose, substance use emergencies, relapse and other concerns. The team includes Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) and their goal is to connect participants with the resources that they need and to support the individuals in moving towards the recovery pathway that works for them.
If you or someone you know could benefit from PORT services, call PORT today at (252) 247-1129 or email postODteam@carteretcountync.gov. Anyone can refer individuals to PORT, including wellness and recovery centers and behavioral health clinicians. PORT also partners with Carteret County Emergency Services departments and Law Enforcement agencies to connect individuals encountered for non-fatal overdoses with recovery resources.
Who can benefit from PORT services?
PORT services can benefit individuals with substance use disorders, including those who:
- Have recently overdosed or have a history of overdoses.
- Active users looking for treatment.
- Were recently released from jail, detox, or residential treatment.
- Are on Medication Assisted Treatment, like Suboxone.
- Have struggled with relapse.
- Are currently in treatment for substance use disorder.
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- Distribute Naloxone (also known as Narcan), a life-saving overdose reversal medication, to individuals who are at highest risk for overdose and to a family member or friend of a person at risk of experiencing an opiate-related overdose.
- Educate individuals on overdose prevention measures to enhance community safety.
- Opportunity to provide overdose prevention training and overdose prevention materials.
- Ensure supportive follow up with individuals who experience a nonfatal drug overdose.
- Increase outreach efforts and connecting individuals to peer support and health interventions.
- Assist individuals in navigating various wrap-around services and resources to support their recovery journey.
- Respond promptly to an overdose, offering peer support during critical moments.
- Provide resources and assistance to families coping with the aftermath of a loved one's overdose.
- Share knowledge and educational materials to promote understanding and reduce stigma around substance abuse.
- Tailor approaches to meet individuals at their current state of substance use or recovery.