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Recovery-to-Work Listening Sessions

January 2019

The Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool, developed by NORC at the University of Chicago and ARC can map overdose mortality rates against demographic data and other important economic indicators at the state and county level. maps mortality, morbidity, behavioral health, and other indicators are used to measure population health at the state and county level across the Region.

Recovery-to-Work Listening Sessions Schedule

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wilkes Community College
Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Mountain Empire Community College
Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Appalachians, on the whole, are 65 percent more likely to die from a drug overdose than the rest of the country. Many of the Region’s counties are experiencing overdose-related mortality rates that are significantly higher than the rest of the nation. Substance abuse is increasingly becoming an economic and workforce issue across the Region.

ARC is hosting a series of public Recovery-to-Work Listening Sessions to discuss how communities currently engage in substance abuse treatment and recovery programs, job placement strategies, employment opportunities, and other wrap-around services to address the economic impact of the region’s drug crisis. These Listening Sessions are an opportunity to identify service gaps, investment opportunities, and best practices as ARC continues to invest in Appalachia’s future.

For more information, contact Andrew Howard at