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Winston-Salem, N.C. — The Addiction
Professionals of North Carolina (APNC) recently recognized Novant Health with
the Outstanding Recovery Ally Award at the organization’s spring conference in
Asheville, North Carolina. The honor recognizes Novant Health’s efforts to
reduce the stigma surrounding substance use disorders and the health care
organization’s support of people in recovery as well as their families.
APNC, a Raleigh-based
nonprofit and an affiliate of NAADAC, The Association of Addiction
Professionals, also cited Novant Health’s opioid-specific online continuing
medical education available to Novant Health team members and physician
an announcement on its website.
“It is an honor to have
Novant Health receive this award celebrating the importance of recovery from
substance misuse disorder,” said Bridget Bridgman, the director of medication
safety at Novant Health and leader of Novant Health’s opioid stewardship initiative.
“Reducing the stigma associated with this disease is of utmost priority for our
While the opioid epidemic did
not happen overnight, Novant Health is committed to making as many needed
changes as fast as possible. In 2017, Novant Health diagnosed more than 11,500
patients with opioid use disorder. Among those patients, 18 percent are
receiving medication-assisted therapy to support their recovery. Also in 2017,
Novant Health formed an opioid stewardship task force to examine ways to reduce
opioid dependency and stigma associated with substance use disorder, and formed
drug takeback programs.