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Community Resources: Substance Use Prevention Education


Faulkner County Sheriff's Office is pleased to provide the community with free educational resources on substance use prevention, provided by the Substance Use Prevention Education Office. Featured among the materials this week include a "Parent's Guide to Fentanyl" and "Protecting Children from Online Drug Dealers". These resources are free of charge, and they are meant to educate citizens on the dangers of substance use.

Resources provided by the Substance Use Prevention Education Office are available at the following link: Community Resources

As a reminder of our commitment to substance use prevention, education, and recovery, Faulkner County Sheriff's Office has a CORE Peer Recovery Specialist, Ottelia Theresa Basart, on staff through the Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership Grant. An Overdose Response Team (ORT) partners a law enforcement criminal investigator with a peer recovery specialist (PRS) to respond to fatal and non-fatal overdoses within their jurisdiction. The Peer Recovery Specialist's role is to support others in recovery from a substance use disorder. The Peer Recovery Specialist serves as a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator to recovering individuals in order to help prevent reoccurrence and promote long-term recovery. Through the ability to share personal recovery experiences, the Peer Recovery Specialist is able to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships. Ottelia provides counseling for the overdose victim on available treatment and recovery services, and, in cases of fatal overdoses, she refers family members to grief counseling resources. Ottelia also engages in community education about substance use by working with local coalitions and schools.

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