How to Get Your
Faith Community Involved

The North Carolina Council of Churches, through its Partners in Health and Wholeness program, has launched a statewide initiative to shed light on and help bring about a more compassionate response to the opioid epidemic. Learn more.

The Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships has assembled many “best practices” exhibited by faith communities into The Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit including these strategies and recommendations:

  • Open your doors: Host or connect people to recovery programs and support groups.
  • Increase awareness: Provide educational opportunities that create understanding and encourage compassion.
  • Build community capacity: Offer training programs to build the capacity of communities to respond to the epidemic.
  • Rebuild and restore: Support individuals and families in rebuilding their lives.
  • Get ahead of the problem: Focus efforts on youth and prevention.
  • Connect and collaborate: Join local substance use prevention coalitions to inform, connect, and strengthen your efforts.