Area health and human service agencies are echoing national statistics that substance abuse is on the rise in the region. The COVID-19 crisis, combined with seasonal affective disorder, puts people at exceptionally high risk. The United in Recovery coalition provides resources to help employers keep their workplaces safe and employees healthy with educational and treatment information.
United in Recovery is coordinated by the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties to end substance use disorder through education, enforcement, and treatment. The coalition meets monthly to share information and coordinate efforts in Columbia and Montour counties. The Chamber of Commerce has been a part of the coalition since it was created.
The United in Recovery webpage includes contact information for people in need of immediate help, long-term treatment, and support groups. A toolkit to help businesses develop policies and identify issues is also available. The site also includes a listing of recovery and other events, including details on a free weekly distribution of Narcan starting Wednesday, November 25th through the month of December at the United Way. Narcan is a brand name of naloxone that helps reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Details are available at https://cmcuw.org/events.