The C-D-C says Drug overdoses killed more than 64 thousand Americans in 2016. But overdoses claim more victims than that statistic alone.

For each person who dies from an overdose, a grieving family is left behind. That's why four organizations in Forsyth and Stokes Counties started a support group for those families.

SOLSTUS (Surviving Overdose Loss Sanely Through Unity and Support) offers the opportunity to:

  • Talk about your loss in a confidential, nonjudgmental environment
  • Discover resources to enable participants to face and conquer the challenges of grief
  • Learn ways to cope and care for yourself
  • Develop a support system of peers sharing similar grief and loss

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It's a free support group sponsored in partnership with Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, ARCA, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare and the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County.

To register, contact Selene Teague with Mountain Valley Hospice at: 336-789-2922 or via e-mail: for a brief screening.

After you contact Ms. Teague, she will give you the time, location and more information about the support group meeting. SOLSTUS support group meetings will be available in both Forsyth and Stokes County.

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