In the News

BSAN Thanks Partners in Underage Drinking Initiative

BSAN Thanks our community partners who were a part of our county’s 2-year, intensive underage drinking initiative. (this full page ad, as seen in our Morganton News Herald on Sunday 6/12) These restaurants voluntarily took the Be A Responsible Server (BARS) training, contributed to our Grub Grab fundraiser, or both: 100 Main 67 Lakeside Abele’s…

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Students participate in Sticker Shock, underage drinking prevention

Special to The News Herald: Monday, May 23, 2016 12:08 pm | Updated: 12:19 pm, Mon May 23, 2016. Full article HERE. On Saturday, 10 students from Draughn High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions Club went to four different businesses that sell alcoholic beverages to spread a message about underage drinking. Operation Sticker Shock, along…

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April 2016 BSAN Meeting Minutes

Forty people were present at the Morganton Community House on Friday, April 29, 2016 for this 7:30am breakfast meeting. Derrick Reynolds, Board Member at Flynn Recovery Community, offered the invocation. Joseph Marks, Community Relations Director at Burke Recovery, welcomed the group and presented a few updates as central to our coalition’s mission: The News Herald…

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Morganton Captain graduates from officers training

Morganton Department of Public Safety Capt. Keith Bowman graduated on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 from Session 73 of the Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP). Captain Bowman is a dedicated member of Burke Substance Abuse Network and has been an active participant in BSAN’s Underage Drinking Initiative, as well as other BSAN initiatives. AOMP is a…

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Local Response to Obama’s Message: BSAN Is Addressing Opiate Crisis in Burke

Morganton, NC – October 21, 2015: This afternoon, President Barack Obama spoke before the country about new and continuing public and private sector efforts to address prescription drug abuse and heroin use nation-wide. Burke Recovery Community Relations Director Joseph Marks responded in a formal announcement to the citizens of Burke County. “In Burke County we…

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Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2015 FACT SHEET:  Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use Prescription drug abuse and heroin use have taken a heartbreaking toll on too many Americans and their families, while straining law enforcement and…

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New Report Urges National, State Action on Drugged Driving

“The percentage of fatally-injured drivers testing positive for drugs – 40 percent – is almost the same as those testing positive for any alcohol.” This week, the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility released a first-of-its-kind comprehensive report about drug use on our nation’s roadways, providing recommendations to confront this complex highway safety issue. Read about…

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Burke Parents Inspire Prevention in the news

The Morganton News Herald reported this week on BSAN, SABY, and Burke Recovery’s Parents Inspire Prevention leadership training held the week before the 2015-2016 Burke County Public Schools new year. According to youth who shared at the parents’ training, most kids as early as middle school age know someone who is using drugs and alcohol,…

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The Church is finding more ease in discussing substance use and abuse – Burke County is not alone

This piece (<< link) published in the Desert News National’s Faith section titled Episcopal church fighting alcohol addiction, and they’re not alone highlights the emerging discussions happening around disorders of alcoholism and substance use — even among clergy. While church leadership are not always aware of the problems in their own congregation due to the fact that “only…

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