Engaging Community Leaders
Faith leaders are an important source of support and can influence community-level attitudes and practices. As such, they are a vital part of the solution to confronting the overdose crisis. The Clinton Foundation works to build networks of faith leaders representing different faith traditions, and equips them with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to organize community members, reduce stigma of addiction, and to fight substance use disorders in their communities.
Since the inception of the program, the Clinton Foundation has engaged faith leaders in five cities: Houston, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta and Athens Georgia, to address the overdose crisis in their communities. Faith leaders have received training on opioids and overdose prevention, became certified in Mental Health First Aid, learned how to speak about substance use disorders from the pulpit, and developed comprehensive guides on local prevention, treatment, and recovery resources for their communities.
The Houston Resource Guide can be found here, the Little Rock Resource Guide can be found here, the Jacksonville Resource Guide can be found here, the Northeast Georgia Resource Guide can be found here, and the Atlanta Resource guide can be found here.
Drug Take Back Day
Faith networks in Houston and Little Rock participated in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, raising the community’s awareness about the risks of prescription drug misuse and collecting over 1,100 pounds of unused or expired medications.