Project Definition


Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) will be working with local communities across Western North Carolina to reduce prescription misuse and other forms of drug abuse through a project called FACE-IT. The project is made possible by the generous support and grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission,

Prescription medications can help people when used correctly under a doctor’s supervision, but when people knowingly or by mistake misuse prescribed medicine they put their safety and others at risk. The FACE-IT project seeks to reduce misuse of prescription drugs and improve access to best practice substance abuse education, prevention and treatment for populations at risk in WNC through evidence-based and culturally appropriate training of healthcare providers, interested community members and key stakeholders. The FACE-IT project will provide local support by linking WNC to national and state efforts and substance abuse resources.

Project Goals:

1)     Increase dissemination and implementation of research based practices

(To get the right information to the right people to prevent and treat PDA and SUDS)

2)     Reduce workforce turnover by improving morale

(To help providers with access to resources and best practice interventions)

3)     To develop, implement and evaluate community wide stigma reduction activities and enhance intervention and treatment opportunities for those suffering from and affected by substance use disorders.

(To meet communities where they are at and support them in understanding the problem and how to address it community by community)

4)     To work collaboratively with existing community resources to advocate for consumer needs, serve as “in house” resource leaders, and assist with referrals.

(To not duplicate efforts or re-invent the wheel)


The proposed ARC Project Area includes the ARC 2009 designated at-risk counties of Cherokee, Graham, Mitchell, Rutherford, Swain, & Yancey. Applicants will be considered from surronding NC counties if they work or live in a county "At-Risk".
Elizabeth Flemming,
Mar 12, 2010, 12:08 PM