In North Carolina, more people die of an accidental drug overdose - usually an opiod - than any other cause of accidental death.
The Perquimans County Emergency Services Post Overdose Response Team (PORT) was initially funded by the North Carolina Office of EMS to aid counties in combating the opiod epidemic. Since the conclusion of that grant, the PORT Program has been sustained by dedicated employees volunteering their time. Given the success of that program and the partnerships that were formed, Emergency Services personnel have continued to seek funding that will allow staff to continue their efforts and add this to a Mobile Integrated Healthcare Model.
Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) or Community Paramedicine is a provision of healthcare that uses patient-centered, mobile resources in the out-of-hospital environment. The goal of MIH is to increase access to care in underserved areas by transporting or referring patients to a broad spectrum of appropriate care, not limited to the emergency room.
In December of 2020, the family of Teddy Sablon established a fund in his memory to the Perquimans County PORT Program. A grant will match donations to this fund up to $10,000.
This fund will allow us to have a dedicated part-time, Community Paramedic that can focus solely on the expansion of our program.
The path to recovery is about progress, not perfection!