Substance Use & Misuse

Substance Use and Misuse

In our 2021 Community Health Assessment (CHA), we found that Gaston Emergency Medical Services saw a 172% increase in drug-related medical emergencies between 2019 and 2021. The problem of substance use and misuse is a serious problem that affects individuals, families, and communities alike. This is why we are committed to providing education, resources, and solutions to prioritize and address this issue in our county.

Substance Use and Misuse Infographic

According to the data collected in our CHA, substance use and misuse has become a significant problem in Gaston County. In the past two years alone, we saw a sharp increase in overdose deaths. Opioid abuse continues to be on the rise.

Substance use and misuse often has devastating impacts on individuals and communities. Addiction, overdose, health problems, social and economic issues, and increased healthcare costs are just some of the issues brought on by this problem.


Through educational resources aimed at prevention efforts, we hope to raise awareness about the dangers of substance use. By offering treatment options for those struggling with addiction, as well as support groups and programs for individuals in recovery and “no questions asked” medication drop-offs, we seek to see a decline in substance use in our county and an improved quality of life for all our residents.


Partners Behavioral Health Management

Call 1-888-235-HOPE to speak with a professional about your needs, or help finding a provider. These are free programs of Partners Behavioral Health Management, a government-funded organization that will help you find treatment and support services.

The Gateway Gaston

This organization provides a single connection point to help those in crisis situations, including addiction. The Gateway extends a hand-up and not just a hand-out to anyone in need. Individuals can refer themselves or others in need in a confidential and dignified manner using an online portal.

Community Education

The Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition wants to tell your school, civic group, faith organization, or social group about opioids. Visit to learn more and request a presentation:

Oxford House (Transitional Housing)

Oxford House is a self-run, self-supported recovery house for those recovering from substance abuse.

Recovery Groups

Find help and support for both those struggling with opioid addiction and their loved ones through local recovery support groups.

Family Support

“Where help, hope and compassion come together.” If you know someone in distress because of substance abuse, the Phoenix Counseling Center is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

24-Hour Crisis Line: 855-CRISIS (855-527-4747)

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use and misuse, don't hesitate to reach out for help. Contact us today to learn more about the resources we offer. Together, we can work towards a healthier, drug-free Gaston County.

Remember, there is hope. We are here to help you every step of the way.