New funding allows a Lubbock program to help people kick their smoking habit

Published: Jan. 15, 2015 at 12:43 AM CST|Updated: Jul. 15, 2015 at 11:43 PM CDT
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'OSAR' stand for Outreach, Screening, Assessment and Referral.

It's a program in Lubbock through StarCare that has been available for years to help families find help for someone struggling with drug abuse or mental health issues. 

But here's what's new this January. 

Since smoking has been called the gateway to drug and alcohol abuse and many other health issues, OSAR has grown to include free help to anyone who would like to quit smoking...thanks to new federal funding.

"We have a free program to anyone in the community that wants to quit smoking. There is assistance for 90 days of medication, patches and gum for free of charge," says Kathlene VanHoose, the service coordinator for the program.

For more information about the free smoking cessation program or any of the screening and referral services offered at StarCare, call 741-1421.

The even better news is that this program isn't just offered for Lubbock County. OSAR serves 41 counties from the south plains and up into the panhandle.

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