County, state and national health agencies, first responders, and medical facilities are on the front lines of what is being called an epidemic of opioid and prescription drug addiction and overdoses. Why an epidemic? Public health personnel and elected officials use that word because that matter has become a widespread occurrence of a disease in a community. And that description has been used by as they seek to bring resources for prevention, treatment and recovery to this issue.
Locally, the Springville Regional Services Coalition has recognized opioid abuse and overdoses as having a very harmful impact on families, children and individuals. One specific thing that this group is doing is to coordinate a Community Workshop on Overdose Recognition and Naloxone Use on Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Springville Middle School.
Naloxone – also referred to as Narcan – is a medication that can be sprayed up the nose of someone who has overdosed. It can take away the effect of an opioid and get the person breathing again. Bringing this class to Springville trains dozens more people in how to administer this important medicine – and puts kits into homes and businesses in our community. The Erie County Department of Health presents these workshops throughout the county. We plan to continue to have this available in Springville every spring and fall for the foreseeable future.
This isn’t a problem that can be solved overnight. But many groups, working together, to do what they can in their communities can eventually turn the tide. To join the efforts of the Springville Regional Services Coalition, contact Annie Todd at atodd @ goodwillwny.org.
Register online for this free workshop at bit.ly/narcan0920.
Other resources: Call 2-1-1 for referrals to social services and government agency assistance, and call the Erie County Addictions Hotline at (716) 831-7007 for referrals to treatment and recovery resources.