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HopeRx receives $20,000 donation

Julie Huneycutt accepts a donation on behalf of HopeRx from Jay Kirby representing Pardee Hospital; Jim Bunch representing Park Ridge Health, Tom Bridges of Tom’s Bridge to Health and Don Huneycutt of Anna’s Hope. Julie Huneycutt accepts a donation on behalf of HopeRx from Jay Kirby representing Pardee Hospital; Jim Bunch representing Park Ridge Health, Tom Bridges of Tom’s Bridge to Health and Don Huneycutt of Anna’s Hope.

Pardee Hospital, Park Ridge Health, Anna's Hope and Tom's Bridge to Health on Wednesday presented a $20,000 donation to help fund a communitywide effort to combat prescription drug abuse. The four groups made the presentation to HopeRx director Julie Huneycutt at the Historic Courthouse. 

"Prescription drug abuse is one of the top three health care issues in Henderson County, and HopeRx is focused on strategies to raise awareness about abuse as well as educate the public about how we can put a stop to the abuse, save lives and make Henderson County a safer and better place to live," Huneycutt said.

"Please join us in partnering to prevent prescription drug abuse. Whether you are an individual, a family, a local business, or corporation, HopeRx is offering you a new and life-saving opportunity to pledge to do your part to prevent prescription drug abuse and addiction.
"Anyone in Henderson County who has been affected by prescription drug abuse, lost a loved one or who wants to help solve this mounting crisis is invited to attend the HopeRx Partners Drive on Tuesday, July 22, at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. You are invited to drop by any time from 4:30 to 7 p.m. to find out more about how you can become a partner and join this life-saving effort."

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports an average of 7-10 overdoses and 3-4 deaths per month occur from drug-related incidents included overdoses.

HopeRx is an arm of the Partnership for Health committee, which includes representatives from the Free Clinics, Blue Ridge Community Health Services, the Henderson County Health Department, Pardee Hospital, Park Ridge Health, Blue Ridge Community College, Mainstay and the Council on Aging.