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Project Lazarus of North Carolina


Project Lazarus of North Carolina (Mr. Fred Brason II, president and CEO)

Partnership Activities:

WVU ICRC Education and Training director, Dr. Kelly Gurka, invited Fred Brason to make a presentation on overdose prevention in the Public Health Dialogues speaker series of the WVU School of Public Health. Mr. Brason agreed, and traveled to Morgantown on December 5, 2014 to present "A Comprehensive, Community-based Opioid Overdose Prevention Program." After the presentation, Mr. Brason had a series of meetings with WVU ICRC leadership. His expressed interest in working with West Virginia to foster the development of Project Lazarus-style opioid overdose prevention programs in WV communities prompted the Center to organize and conduct (in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, WV Southern District—see separate partnership description) an exploratory meeting to bring together individuals and organizations across the state with interest in take-home naloxone. This meeting was held on February 12, 2015 in Charleston.


Public Health Impact of Partnership:

Project Lazarus was initiated in Wilkes County North Carolina in 2008. The impact of the program was such that the model was expanded throughout the state of North Carolina, and numerous other states. Wilkes County experienced the third highest rate for opioid overdose deaths among all counties in the nation in 2008. By 2010, the rate had been reduced to near the state and national average. Mr. Brason is working with WVU ICRC to explore the replication of the Project Lazarus model in WV communities. 


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