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The New River Valley is one of nine localities in Virginia to have been awarded the Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help address prescription opioid misuse and heroin overdose.

According to Becky Hubble, a Prevention Services Supervisor for NRVCS (New River Valley Community Services), the five-year grant provides $120,000 each year for five years. Efforts will specifically focus on prescription opioid misuse and heroin overdose in young people ages 12 – 25. The goal is to develop long-term, sustainable, community-level and population health outcomes.

The Pulaski Community Partners Coalition (PCPC) is the lead coalition under the grant and has been tasked with uniting with surrounding communities (the counties of Montgomery, Floyd and Giles as well as the City of Radford) through environmental strategies, such as forming a New River Valley-wide regional coalition, hosting community trainings for the life-saving prescription medication Naloxone, and creating a public awareness campaign.

“One primary areas of concentration will be destigmatizing addiction, increasing youth involvement, and creating a safe, open and informed community,” states Hubble.

To learn more about SPF-PFS and how you can become involved, contact Becky Hubble at rhubble@nrvcs.org.

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