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Substance Use Disorder

Approximately 52,000 people in WNC struggle with Substance Use Disorder and almost half (47.4%) of adults living in the region report that their lives have been negatively affected by substance misuse (by self or someone else).

Upon its creation, Dogwood Health Trust committed $25 million over five years to address the prevention and treatment of addiction to opioids and other substances. 

Our Investment: $5 million per year

Our Goals:

  1. Reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40% in 2020. 
  2. Reduction of substance use in minority populations*.
  3. Reduction of substance use in teens*.

*(We are working now to set goals and identify strategies for 2021 and beyond.)

Our Strategies:

  • Pilot program for free, home-delivered NARCAN
  • Expansion of syringe exchange sites
  • Expansion of Naloxone access and availability
  • Expansion of Medication-Assisted Treatment access

Our Desired Outcome(s): Working toward saving 60 lives annually.

Progress Dashboard:


Estimated Annual Deaths Avoided




Counties Served by Grantee Program

in 2020

60 Goal

$5M Goal

18 Goal

Dogwood Health Trust awarded $5 million in Substance Use Disorder (SUD) grants in 2020.

As of Oct. 8, 2020, Dogwood has awarded $3 Million in SUD grants to 16 WNC organizations.



C.A.R.E. identified the Rural Communities Opioid Response – Planning grant available from the Health Resource and Services Administration. C.A.R.E. realized they would be an ideal fit, especially since they had already formed a committee and had the necessary data at the ready.