Resources for Communities

Resources For Communities

RHA Prevention Resource Centers participates in various collaborative efforts and community activities across Western North Carolina.

Here are some of the community activities

RHA Prevention provides and participates in:
  • Drugs 101 Presentations
  • Opioid Presentation
  • Professional Development Trainings
  • Developmental Assets Trainings Download PDF
  • Medication Take Back and Lockbox Events
  • Technical Assistance regarding Substances and Prevention Practices
  • Tobacco/Nicotine Initiatives, including Merchant Education
  • Advocacy for Policy Reform
  • Faith Based Community Outreach
  • Red Ribbon Week Events Learn More
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week Learn More
  • Health Fair and Recovery Events Tabling
  • Community Forums and Guest Speakers
  • Underage Drinking Prevention Initiatives, including Merchant Education
  • Social Hosting Education Learn More
  • Media Campaigns for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

Community Coalitions

RHA Prevention is a partner in many coalitions and community initiatives in the counties we serve across Western NC:

Alexander County

Contact: For more information about prevention resources and community initiatives in Alexander County, please call Bryan Austin at 828-348-2641.

Avery County

Contact: For more information about prevention resources and community initiatives in Alexander County, please call Bryan Austin at 828-348-2641.

Partnership For Substance Free Youth in Buncombe County

The Partnership for Substance Free Youth in Buncombe County is a coalition of K-12 schools, private businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies in Buncombe County and greater Asheville area that is committed to keeping children away from alcohol and drugs. We recognize that the health and safety of our children is and should be a community effort. Joining forces with families throughout our community, we can take this important step in protecting the futures of our children.

For more resources, visit The Partnership for Substance Free Youth in Buncombe County web page.

Prescription Drug Drop Boxes in Buncombe County

There are three prescription drug drop boxes in Buncombe County

County Sheriff’s Office
339 New Leicester Hwy (in the lobby)

County Courthouse
60 Court Plaza (lobby)

Asheville Police Department
100 Court Plaza (lobby)

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Burke County

Contact: For more information about prevention resources and community initiatives in Alexander County, please call Bryan Austin at 828-348-2641.

Caldwell County

Contact: For more information about prevention resources and community initiatives in Caldwell County, please call Bryan Austin at 828-348-2641.

Gaston County

Gaston Adult Partnership:
The mission of the Gaston Adult Partnership (GAP) is to promote the sharing of resources and accountability across agencies and programs on behalf of adults who may have issues related to mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities.

Contact: Chairperson Maceo Mayo III, CSAPC, CSAC(R), CPSS. Call 704-458-4458.

Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition
The Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition is composed of county residents who are working together to ensure: safe prescribing for pain management, local treatment for opioid dependence, and community-based education to prevent opioid addiction.

Contact: Chairperson Velma Taormin, MD. Call 704-853-5009. For Coalition Liaison Donna Lockett, Call 704-867-9869, ext. 111.

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Safe Medication Drop Boxes

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the following locations:

Gaston County Police Department
420 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia NC

Belmont Police Department
201 Chronicle Street, Belmont, NC

Mt. Holly Police Department
125 E. Charlotte Avenue, Mt. Holly, NC

Cherryville Police Department
704 E. Church Street, Cherryville, NC

Dallas Police Department
207 W. Church Street, Dallas, NC

Henderson County

HopeRx is a community-based prescription drug abuse initiative centered on education, prevention and treatment. HopeRx was developed by the Henderson County Partnership for Health as a community collaborative to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drug abuse in Henderson County and help identify effective environmental strategies for prevention as well as treatment options. HopeRx is based on a public health model with the premise that drug overdose deaths are preventable and that all communities are ultimately responsible for their own health.

Contact: Executive Director Julie Huneycutt
Email: hoperxhc@gmail.com
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Safe Medication Drop Boxes

Safely dispose of your unused medication. They do not accept chemotherapy drugs or needles.

Henderson County Sheriff’s office
100 N. Grove Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Madison County

The primary focus of the Madison County Substance Awareness Coalition (MSAC) is educating Madison County residents about the dangers of prescription medication misuse, abuse and overdose, as well as heroin and the use of Naloxone. Nicotine use is also a concern for this community.

Contact: Coordinator Heather Sharp. Call 828-649-3531, ext. 232.
Email: hsharp@madisoncountync.gov
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Medication Disposal Sites

There are two sites for people to take unused medications

Madison County Sheriff’s Office
348 Medical Park Drive, Marshall, NC 28753
(24 hours a day/7 days a week)

Mars Hill Police Department
280 N. Main Street, Mars Hill, NC 28754
Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

McDowell County

The Substance Use Workgroup
The Substance Use Workgroup is dedicated to reducing current substance misuse and preventing future substance use. Every spring the Substance Use Workgroup provides the Blue Ridge Recovery Rally in conjunction with McDowell Health Coalition and McDowell Recovery Solutions. The Workgroup addresses issues for adults in a subgroup chaired by the Rev. Danny Hampton and issues regarding youth and prevention efforts in a subgroup chaired by Donna Bruce.

Contact: Chairperson Ricky Buchanan, Chief Deputy of McDowell County Sheriff’s Office. Call 828-652-2235. Rev. Danny Hampton of Freedom Life Ministries, Coordinator for Adult Group. Call 828-559-2224. Donna Bruce, Coordinator for Youth Group. Call 828-348-2641.

Medication Drop Box Locations

There are two sites for people to take unused medications

Marion Police Department
270 South Main Street, Marion, NC 28752
Call 828-652-3231

McDowell County Sheriff’s Office
593 Spaulding Rd., Marion, NC 28752
Call 828-652-2235

Mitchell County and Yancey County

Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force
The core approach of the Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force (MYSATF) to reducing and eliminating substance use in Mitchell and Yancey counties includes awareness, education, advocacy, and prevention. The task force also focuses on the prevention of prescription drug misuse and underage drinking. MYSATF is an initiative of PATH.

Contact: Coordinator Jeff Spargo.
Email jeff@pathwnc.org
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Drug Drop Boxes in The Community

To safely dispose of unused medication.

Please leave medication in the original prescription bottle for the purpose of identifying the mediation, but MARK OUT personal information on the label. The drop box locations are

Yancey County Sheriff’s Office (Main Entrance)
4 E. Main Street, Burnsville, NC 28714
Call 828-682-2124
(24 hours/ 7 days per week)

Burnsville Town Hall
2 Town Square, Burnsville, NC 28714
Call 828-682-2420
Mon – Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office (Main Entrance)
63 Crimson Laurel Circle #8, Bakersville, NC 28705
Call 828-688-3982
Mon – Fri 8:00am- 7:00pm

Spruce Pine Police Department
193 East Valley Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Call 828-765-2233
Mon – Fri 8:00am-5:00pm

Polk County

The Polk Substance Abuse Coalition (PSAC) is an outgrowth of PF3-Polk Fit, Fresh and Friendly. PSAC engages, advocates, informs and brings awareness of alcohol and other substance use issues to residents of Polk County through education, prevention, enforcement and treatment to build a healthy, safe and drug-free community. PSAC works to prevent substance misuse by providing professional development and a social-emotional learning curriculum that helps pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students learn to manage their emotions and create and maintain positive relationships with others.

Contact: Chairperson Kimberly McDonald.
Email kmcdonald@rhanet.org
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Safe Medication Drop Box

Polk County has a safe medication drop box available at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office:

Polk County Sheriff’s Office
40 Ward Street, Columbus, NC 28722
Call 828-894-3001
Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m .to 5:00 p.m.

Rutherford County

Community Engagement Team
The Community Engagement Team (CET) is part of the United Way of Rutherford County and formed in response to community concerns. The team works together to create opportunities for education on substance misuse and related issues, as well as practical strategies to address the needs of the community.

Contact: Team Coordinator Suzanne Porter. Call 828-286-3929.

Safe Medication Drop Box Office

Available in the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office:

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office
198 N. Washington Street
Rutherford, NC 28139
Call 828-287-6247
Mon – Sun 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Transylvania County

Transylvania County CARE

The C.A.R.E. Coalition
The vision of the CARE Coalition is, “A Healthy, Vibrant Transylvania County, Free of Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking.” The C.A.R.E. Coalition is committed to the reduction of substance use and underage drinking in Transylvania County, North Carolina by convening interested community members in order to facilitate collaboration and coordinate efforts between coalition members and existing local resources. The Care Coalition focuses on the prevention of prescription drug misuse and underage drinking.

Contact: CARE Coalition Coordinator Karen Gorman.
Email karen.gorman@transylvaniacounty.org
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Safe Medication Drop Box

Available in the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office

Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office:
153 Public Safety way, Brevard, NC 28712
Call 828-884-3168
Mon – Sun 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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