Pender County organizations team up to say ‘Nope for Dope’

BURGAW, N.C. (WWAY) — Pender County is showing their support for drug prevention by saying “Nope for Dope” at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church Saturday. One man shared his own testimony of his drug addiction that lasted for decades.

“And when I go that feeling, I was addicted for 25 years,” said Curtis Jordan.

Jordan spent 25 years addicted to drugs, but he is now five years sober, thanks to the help of Mt. Pisgah. On Saturday, Curtis Jordan shared his story in hopes of helping others.

“Hey, once you get hooked, you can’t turn it on and off like a light switch. I was hooked, and I got addicted, and my body called for it, and I needed it,” said Jordan.

That’s why Jordan is joining others in the national Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education campaign, to break the cycle of addiction and give people a lifeline, just like he had.

“And you can do it, but you’ve got to keep hope alive, and keep the faith. Change your set of friends and just get your mind right, and it’ll happen, but you’ve got to want to do it,” said Jordan.

Drug intervention and prevention groups came from around Pender County. Their goal was not just to educate people on drug abuse, but to also give people the resources to help themselves and others.

“If everybody who was here would just tell somebody else what they heard, and hopefully that person would tell somebody else, then we can get our services out there and let people know that we are here, what we can do, and try to make a difference in this area,” said Joanne Lee, a substance abuse coordinator at Coastal Horizons Center.

From drug disposal locations, to nearby treatment programs like Coastal Horizons, Lee wants everybody to know that there is help.

“At the end of the day, you’ve got to want it,” said Jordan.

And Jordan says that if you want it badly enough, you will get through it.

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