CVARR Selected as 2019 DFC Grant Recipient

Office of National Drug Control Policy

  The excitement circling prevention, treatment, and recovery communities across Central Virginia is practically tangible since release of the grand news: Central Virginia Addiction and Recovery Resources has been selected as the only coalition to receive the federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant across the state of Virginia for 2019!

As the single recipient of the highly competitive DFC Grant across Virginia in 2019, CVARR is entrusted with the responsibility of federal funds amounting to $125,000 each your for up to 10 years to address the emerging drug trends in our region, such as methamphetamine, prescription drug misuse and synthetic drug use, specifically among our region’s youth population.  As a nationally recognized and federally funded community coalition, CVARR is confident in the pursuit of our mission and ready to rise to the challenge of this coming years’ goals and objectives for prevention, treatment and recovery. See what our Coalition had to say in an WSET interview about receival of the grant on October 30th, 2019.

National Drug Take-Back Day!

Officer Norman Claytor, Lynchburg Police Dept. stands with Gabriella Delbo, Horizon, next to 108 lbs. of prescription drugs collected on Sat. October 26, 2019.

On Saturday, October 26th, 2019, Horizon Behavioral Health in collaboration with the regional Police Departments of Appomattox, Amherst, and Lynchburg hosted National Drug Take Back Day in three locations across the Central Virginia region.

“The National prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.” -Drug Enforcement Administration

From 10:00am-2:00pm, citizens came from all around to help reduce the risk of substance use by properly disposing of their expired or no longer needed prescription medications. Horizon provided free materials across all locations such as medication lock boxes, trigger locks, and a plethora of medication-related educational materials. Following the event, the medication collection was weighed and amounted to hundreds of pounds of drugs no longer at risk for circulating in our community! Each county collected the following:

  • Appomattox collected 92lbs.
  • Amherst collected 50lbs.
  • Lynchburg collected 108lbs. 

More information regarding the event was reported by WSET with personal interviews from citizens, police officers and Horizon professionals involved in the local drug take-back efforts! Drug take back day is held twice a year, in October and April. The date of the April 2020 event has not yet been announced.

Lynchburg Drug Court

Graduation Ceremony for Pilot Program

Emily Elconin/ The News & Advance

On Wednesday, August 9, 2019, the first graduating class of five individuals have celebrated being substance free for 2 years after pleading guilty to a probation violation. This graduating class represents the first drug court docket of the 24th Judicial District. Based on the success of the Lynchburg program, the countries of Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell, and Nelson have discussed the adoption of their own Drug Court programs with Bedford having recently adopted the second Drug Court for our District. The Lynchburg Drug Court Advisory Committee is proud to report that we are now seeking $65,000 of state funding to continue the program in addition to the seed money left over from the pilot program.

The members of CVARR would like to congratulate our regions graduates and their families for their admirable accomplishment, encourage existing members of the Lynchburg Drug Court program, and pay a special thanks to our community’s attorneys, service providers, court officials, and other criminal justice officials for their dedication to this program!

For more information on the Lynchburg Drug Court, kindly visit The News & Advance

Youth Making a Difference

Youth groups from  EC Glass and Heritage high schools attended the 2018 YADAPP (Youth Alcohol Drugs Abuse Prevention Project) leadership conference. While attending YADAPP these youth were empowered to take peer leadership roles in their schools and community by promoting positive, alcohol- and drug-free behavior.  They had an opportunity to meet other students with common interests and ideals from across the state of Virginia. YADAPP Participants connect and bond during the week with fun activities, workshops, empowering speeches and through the college living experience at Longwood University.

EC Glass students being recognized and awarded a $250 YADAPP mini-grant for their

Strategies to Act Now (STAN) Plan entitled a Pledge to CADE.

EC Glass and Heritage High School groups that attended the 2018 YADAPP Conference.

In the News

CVCC campus officers will carry opioid antidote – January 16, 2019 https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/cvcc-campus-officers-will-carry-opioid-antidote/article_3ba62280-7966-53de-825a-ee3ecbf0c5e5.html

Drug treatment docket in Bedford underway to help break cycle of addiction – December 26, 2018 https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/drug-treatment-docket-in-bedford-underway-to-help-break-cycle/article_fe403cf8-d8e9-51b2-8e30-8f9375c582d7.html

First lady: Opioids “taken hold of our country” – November 28, 2018 https://wset.com/news/local/first-lady-opioids-taken-hold-of-our-country

Drugs, gangs in Lynchburg focus of community forum – October 30, 2018 https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/drugs-gangs-in-lynchburg-focus-of-community-forum/article_c09442af-2dc2-53d0-81ca-999b5d182e1b.html

Addiction, mental health services expanding in Bedford, Nelson counties – October 6, 2018 https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/addiction-mental-health-services-expanding-in-bedford-nelson-counties/article_33b8f9a8-cf34-5569-ba57-887fc8af72d0.html

New, addiction-focused Hope Initiative to hold info session – March 24, 2018 https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/new-addiction-focused-hope-initiative-to-hold-info-session/article_937ab1fb-8762-56f1-8545-8423f37ef946.html

Conversation on opioid addiction unites Lynchburg stakeholders – March 1, 2018 https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/conversation-on-opioid-addiction-unites-lynchburg-stakeholders/article_1812fc1c-1dce-11e8-8f66-5b3bcc729940.html

Horizon hosts panel discussion on opioid crisis, community leaders weigh in – March 1, 2018 https://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Horizon-hosts-panel-discussion-on-opioid-crisis-community-leaders-weigh-in-475623563.html

With opioids on the rise, so is need for foster families in the Lynchburg area – January 16, 2018 https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/with-opioids-on-the-rise-so-is-need-for-foster/article_722247a2-fb1f-11e7-9039-fff4a2f211ca.html

Bedford County officials, state AG discuss opioid epidemic’s strain on resources – July 18, 2017 https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/bedford-county-officials-state-ag-discuss-opioid-epidemic-s-strain/article_dec5bc14-6c1c-11e7-b23b-7f9d7e82d8f4.html

Herring visits area to raise awareness on opioids – May 7, 2017 https://www.newsadvance.com/new_era_progress/news/herring-visits-area-to-raise-awareness-on-opioids/article_623f6d82-0da2-5e40-9b1e-3b02b3f0dbfc.html

Central Virginia Opioid Abuse Epidemic Coalition to meet Jan. 10 – January 3, 2017 https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/central-virginia-opioid-abuse-epidemic-coalition-to-meet-jan/article_347807f6-d209-11e6-be50-8ba973ab54e7.html

Concerned Lynchburgers building coalition to attack heroin and opioid abuse – June 14, 2016 https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/concerned-lynchburgers-building-coalition-to-attack-heroin-and-opioid-abuse/article_75af96ca-3a31-56e9-81e6-ac681c12f865.html

AG’s office highlights heroin/opioid epidemic with documentary – May 3, 2016 https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/ag-s-office-highlights-heroin-opioid-epidemic-with-documentary/article_d22871c9-622c-52a4-9818-2f88286a79a1.html