Community Resources

MAHEC is a founding member of the WNC Substance Use Alliance. We work with community partners across the region to increase awareness of and access to substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery resources.

The following resources may be helpful for learning how to reduce the risks associated with opioid and substance use disorders, safe disposal of prescription medications, and treatment and recovery services in our region.

Educational Flyers

Letter to Parents of Students
Nonopioid Treatments for Chronic Pain
Opioids for Acute Pain: What You Need To Know
Opioids for Chronic Pain: What You Need To Know
Preventing an Opioid Overdose
Safe Disposal of Unused Opioids
Safe Medication Disposal Tips

Naloxone (Narcan®)

Local Pharmacies

Many pharmacies in the region can provide you with a Narcan kit without a prescription. The kit, which can help reverse an accidental opioid overdose, may be covered by your insurance. Just ask your pharmacist.

The Steady Collective
297 Haywood Street, Suite #2, Asheville, NC 28801
800-898-5801

Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP)
554 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803
828-252-7489

Please keep prescription medications, including Naloxone, in a locked box or other secure storage.

Needle Exchange Programs

Needle exchange programs have been shown to reduce the transmission of serious diseases like HIV and hepatitis C and increase the likelihood that substance users will seek treatment services.

Needle Exchange Program of Asheville

The Steady Collective

Pill Disposal

Asheville Police Department 
Lobby, 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801
828-252-1110

Buncombe County Courthouse
Lobby, 60 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801
828-259-3400

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office
Lobby, 339 New Leicester Highway
828-250-6670

Area Pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, etc.)
Locations can be found through the NC Department of Justice's website or DEA Locator.

Referral and Crisis Centers

C3356 Comprehensive Care Center
24/7 urgent care for mental health and substance use crises
356 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
Crisis Line: 828-254-2700

Mobile Crisis Management
On-site intervention and stabilization of mental health, substance use and developmental disability crises
24-Hour Crisis Service: 1-888-573-1006

NC 2-1-1
Links to local resources including food, housing, utilities, counseling, healthcare and more
Dial 2-1-1 or 888 - 892-1162

Vaya Health
Public managed care organization that oversees Medicaid, federal, state, and local funding for services related to mental health, substance use, and intellectual/developmental disability (IDD) needs for 23 WNC counties
24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-849-6127

Social Services

Buncombe County's Family Justice Center houses:

Helpmate 
Provides emergency shelter and support for those experiencing intimate partner violence
24-Hour Hotline: 828-254-0516

Our Voice 
Sexual assault assistance, counseling, and advocacy
24-Hour Hotline: 828-255-7576

STD and Hepatitis C Testing

Buncombe County Health Department
Free testing by appointment
53 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
828- 250-5000

WNCAP
Free and confidential testing by appointment
554 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803
828-252-7489

WNCCHS - Minnie Jones Health Center
Free walk-in testing for established patients
257 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 285-0622