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Our work focuses on five main strategies: 

  • ​Assess

  • Prevent

  • Reduce Harm

  • Connect to Care

  • Track & Measure


In 2014, we created the Saving Lives Task Force to combat the ever increasing problem with substance use disorder and addiction. We began as the Substance Abuse Prevention & Education Task Force and held our first event in 2015. 

In 2019, we became a non-profit 501 c3 organization.



PO Box 669

Manteo, NC 27954

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Wally Overman, Co-Chair

Dare County Board of Commissioners


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Roxana Ballinger, Co-Chair

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services




Roxana Ballinger, Co-Chair

Wally Overman, Co-Chair        


Ervin Bateman
Dare County Board of Commissioners & Recovery Community


Marcia Bryant 
Vice President, Patient Services, The Outer Banks Hospital


Jeff Derringer
Major, Dare County Sheriff’s Office

Dawn Brickhouse

Probation Officer, Dare County Recovery Court


Shannon Castillo
Dare County Schools


Paris Murray
Outer Banks Health


Brenda Thacker
Walk Against Addiction


John Towler
Captain, Kill Devil Hills Police Department

Shari Fiveash

Executive Director, OBX Room In The Inn

We have over 100 participants serving on the task force, representing groups including:

  • Dare County Schools

  • Emergency Medical Services

  • Children & Youth Partnership

  • Sheriff's Office

  • Local Law Enforcement

  • Dare County Detention Center

  • Trillium Health Resources

  • PORT Health

  • College of the Albemarle

  • Dare County Department of Health & Human Services

  • Dare County Commissioners

  • Outer Banks Health 

  • Local community pharmacies

  • Private providers/counselors

  • Walk Against Addiction

  • Local Churches

  • Local Businesses

  • Community Members

  • Room In The Inn

  • Dare County Recovery Court

  • Nags Head Treatment Center

  • Cross Roads OBX

  • Oxford House

  • Outer Banks Recovery Community

  • Changing Tides

  • Dare Challenge

  • Community Care Clinic of Dare

  • Outer Banks Fishing Industry

Thank you to all of our partners for your continued support!

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