Surry County Sponsors Training to Respond to Opioid Addiction

The County of Surry’s Opioid Response Department is sponsoring training for the faith-based community to equip them with tools to address opioid addiction. The public is invited to participate in the training on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Surry County Service Center, located at 915 E. Atkins St. in Dobson. The training is free and will focus on building and maintaining addiction response efforts.

The SAFE Project facilitators will utilize the SAFE Community Playbook, a step-by-step guide on how communities can organize to make positive change. The SAFE Project is a nonprofit focused on stopping the addiction fatality epidemic. The Playbook walks communities through how they can engage with stakeholders across six important sectors to impact the opioid epidemic, save lives and heal families. Faith leaders and community members can use their power to convene to bring together these important stakeholders for a common purpose through implementing the Playbook’s tools.

The training will provide examples of:

  • Faith communities across North Carolina that responded to the need to address addiction
  • How to build a broad base of stakeholder support
  • How to use simple tools to evaluate the community
  • How to match the community with best examples of actions and tools from across the country
  • Simple and complex actions that faith-based communities can take to start their community on the path of healing, educating and helping.

To register for the training, citizens can log onto and click the green “Register” button on the right. For more information, call Mark Willis at (336) 401-8218.