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Free family opioid prevention program offered

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NASHVILLE — A North Carolina Cooperative Extension program set to kick off in a few weeks is geared toward family opioid prevention education in rural Nash County.

Empowering Youth and Families is for youths ages 10-14 and their caregivers. The program has 10-12 weekly sessions. At each session, a family retreat is held where families from different counties join together and design community outreach events to benefit each county as a whole, said Adrienne Williams, a program assistant at the Nash County Cooperative Extension.

“The goals of our program are to reduce youth substance use in rural North Carolina, to improve parenting skills of caregivers to assist youth in making healthy choices, to improve family relationships and to empower families to lead community change to leverage support for healthier lifestyles within those communities,” Williams said.

Registration deadline for the program is Monday.

“We held two successful sessions in 2019,” Williams said. “ Our hopes are to continue to grow with each family we reach and empower them and others throughout the county as we share this program.”

The program is designed to prevent youth substance misuse before it begins, strengthen communication skills and educate communities about protective factors. The goal is to build resilient people, strong families and powerful communities, Williams said.

Included in registration, free of cost, are family meals at each session and a retreat at the 4-H Eastern Center in Columbia.

The program is paid for by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

To register or for more information, contact Williams at 252-459-9810 or adwill23@ncsu.edu, or drop by her office at 1006 Eastern Ave., Room 102.