Training targets opioid abuse

By: Staff report

BEULAVILLE — Robeson County residents and organizations looking for information about how to combat the growing opioid abuse crisis are invited to a training session in Lumberton.

“Opioid 101 Training for Communities and Crisis Collaboratives,” sponsored by Eastpointe, is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. The free training will take place at Eastpointe MCO, Lumberton Regional Office, 450 Country Club Road, in Lumberton. The public is invited. To register, visit the Eastpointe training calendar on the homepage at

This training session is for a wide array of focused participants, including the faith-based community, people involved in crisis collaboratives, and especially families affected by opioid use disorders. The training is intended to clarify myths and fallacies about opioid treatment and opioid use.

Donald McDonald, executive director of Addiction Professionals of NC, will lead the training session. McDonald is a former addict who is working to help others overcome their addictions. McDonald has been a leader in the growing recovery movement in North Carolina. He views addiction to drugs and alcohol as a disease that is best fought through prevention, treatment and long-term recovery, and supporting people who have gone through treatment so that they can avoid relapse.

Eastpointe Human Services is a local management entity/managed care organization that serves 11 North Carolina eastern counties, managing, coordinating, and monitoring the publicly-funded health care for people who struggle with mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and substance use/addiction services.

Staff report