Attorney General Josh Stein presented Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood with a Dogwood Award today to recognize the work he has done to combat the opioid epidemic in North Carolina, specifically highlighting Orange County’s Coordinated Opioid Overdose Reduction Effort, a program known as COORE.
“Sheriff Charles Blackwood’s COORE initiative is making a real difference in Orange County’s efforts to confront the opioid epidemic,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “I am proud to partner with Sheriff Blackwood on this important work to help get people suffering from addiction out of the criminal justice system and into the health care system, where they belong.”
The COORE initiative brings together the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Criminal Justice Resource Department, Orange County Emergency Management Services, Freedom House, and local police departments. Under the program, people can dispose of drugs and drug paraphernalia and be guaranteed amnesty.
“I appreciate this award,” said Sheriff Blackwood, “and I share it with a great team of dedicated professionals who work with COORE to provide program recipients the support they need as they transition back to successful functioning within our community. We have an excellent partnership.”
Attorney General Stein created the Dogwood Awards in 2017 to honor North Carolinians who are dedicated to keeping people safe, healthy, and happy in their communities. This is the fourth group of Dogwood Award recipients.
Sheriff Blackwood added, “I encourage people to review the accomplishments of the other members of the 2020 Dogwood group. I am humbled to be in their (virtual) company.”
Look for a complete list of recipients on the North Carolina Department of Justice website.