About BSAN

Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 1.46.44 PM Please watch this moving video from the office of Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisnant about the personal impact of substance abuse and addition.

Burke Substance Abuse Network (BSAN) is a coalition of providers, support groups, related agencies and other stakeholders who come together to:  (a) network; (b) identify gaps in service; and (c) strategically plan response to community needs as they relate to the reduction of substance abuse in youth, young adults, their families, and all citizens of Burke County.

BSAN Partners include, but are not limited to: Treatment Providers, Medical Community, Pharmacists, Law Enforcement, Faith Community, Recovery Communities, Consumers, Human Svc Agencies, Media, Educational Leaders, Mental Health Organization, Prisons, Governmental Leaders, Businesses, Youth, and Veterens.

Consider that:

  • Substance abuse is a critical issue facing Burke County:
  • National statistics indicate that 5-10% of the general public has a chemical dependency problem (4.500-9,000 people in Burke County) —but less than 13% of those get any treatment. An additional 20-25% of the general public abuse substances (up to 25,000 people in Burke County).
  • This creates a tremendous human and financial burden on all aspects of our community.
  • It is an issue that cannot be solved by any one provider, agency or funding source but, working together, we can make a difference!

What impact can BSAN have in Burke County?

BSAN is creating a vibrant, Recovery Oriented Community of Care in Burke County by inviting a wide array of community resources to join together to create more options for treatment and recovery support services for every individual and family who needs help. This means public and private sectors working together with law enforcement, educators, business and civic leaders, and the faith community—collaborating with human service agencies, medical, pharmaceutical, treatment and recovery fellowships.

To learn more or get involved, contact:

Jim Van Hecke
Executive Director of Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency
(current BSAN Network Facilitator)
203 White Street
Morganton, NC  28655
Phone: 828-433-1221

One Response to About BSAN

  1. MHRMemphis says:

    Wonderful writing!! Actually we all should be concerned about this situation.
    The more signs and symptoms that are present the higher the chance that there is a substance abuse addiction. There is also high rate of overlap between signs of a substance abuse and symptoms of depression. If many of these signs are present then there may be a problem with substance abuse, depression, or a mixture of the two. There are many different drug treatment programs and drug addiction treatment centers that can provide the services that are needed to help. The drug treatment program or the drug addiction treatment center that will work best for you or your loved one may vary. Some people need more intensive treatment such as inpatient drug rehab centers, but others do not require inpatient drug rehab. Inpatient drug rehab centers should be tried after other, less restrictive types of treatment have been tried, including intensive outpatient programs.

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