Guildford County Public Health Division Names Amanda Clark as Their First Drug and Injury Prevention Manager

Guildford County Public Health Division Names Amanda Clark as Their First Drug and Injury Prevention Manager

The Guilford County Division of Public Health (GCDPH) has appointed Amanda Clark as its first-ever Drug and Injury Prevention Manager (DIPM). In her new role, Clark will support the development and implementation of the county’s opioid restoration strategies to reduce the prevalence of opioid-related injuries and deaths in the community.

Amanda is deeply involved in her work around building sustainable community programs to address negative health impacts and substance use. She has spent her career working in rural and urban communities, leading community coalitions and developing drug use and mental health education programs.

Clark said, “In 2021 alone, more than 108,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States. While there will never be enough money to undo all the damage done to our community by decades of drug use and the overdose crisis; With the right knowledge, careful planning and collaboration, we can make the most of these resources.”

Amanda’s broad spectrum of history and current trends regarding opioid abuse and overdose deaths is critical to her new role as the county’s DIPM. Over the past decade, Guilford County has seen a 200% increase in overdose deaths, with opioids accounting for 80%.

Clark continued, “There are immediate needs that need to be met, as well as creating and empowering support to provide long-term solutions.”

Amanda’s appointment as DIPM is another step in the planning and implementation of the county’s Opioid Action Recovery Project – powered by the North Carolina Opioid Settlement Funds. For more information and updates about the recovery project, visit the County’s Opioid Settlement website.

Some of Clark’s previous roles include health education specialist in Surry County, drug use health educator in Forsyth County, and coordinator for the Rural Outreach Program in Guilford County. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Amanda is a mother of two and loves outdoor activities like hiking, fishing and kayaking.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, please seek help by visiting the Guilford County Behavioral Health Center link or by calling (336) 890-2700. Individuals can also dial 988 to connect to the National Suicide and Crisis lifeline.

Guilford County also offers free naloxone kits (overdose reversal kits) and instructions/training on its use. Citizens can pick up a free kit at the following locations:

Guilford County Division of Public Health Pharmacy
501 East Green Drive
Climax, NC 27260
336-641-7620

GCSTOP/Care Services
2638 Willard Dairy Rd
Unit #102
Climax, NC 27265

Triassic adult & pediatric medicine
606 N. Elm
Climax, NC 27262
336-840-9621

Guilford County Division of Public Health Pharmacy
1100 East Wendover Ave
Greensboro, NC 27405
336-641-3388

Triassic adult & pediatric medicine
1002 S. Eugene Street Greensboro, NC 27406
336-279-4259

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