Substance abuse survey results to be released April 5 | News | The Press and Standard

by | March 26, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: March 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm

The “Talk 2 Us About Substance Abuse” community input survey has received 350 surveys from Colleton County residents.
“The results of the survey, added to other data collected on trending substance use disorders, will be used to determine future programming and services provided by the commission,” said Ron Rickenbaker, director of the Colleton Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. “While all programming will remain outpatient based, core services will target what the community says it needs.”
The commission has always adopted prevention, intervention and treatment strategies to reduce harm, improve health and offer an array of treatment therapies to improve the well-being of participating individuals and families.
While data trends give direction for programs, “our staff continues to provide quality care in a confidential and safe environment,” Rickenbaker said. “The belief is that the data we have collected from the community will be extremely valuable in helping the commission and its partner coalition, Colleton Keys, work to provide accessible substance use disorder services and programs, regardless of the type of medication, drugs or alcohol involved.”
An information sharing conference will be held about the results of the survey on April 5 at 6 p.m. at the Colleton County Memorial Library, 600 Hampton St. A panel of state and local representatives will be available to share their insights and answer questions.
“The community’s input will continue to be helpful in setting a course for the commission’s programming and services in the future,” Rickenbaker said.

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