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Opiate Task Force

 

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The Hancock County Community Partnership, under the umbrella of the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, established the Hancock County Opiate Task Force in 2010 in response to the growing epidemic of opiate abuse in our community.

MISSION

Promote awareness of how this epidemic affects Hancock County; educate the Community how to reduce and prevent opiate/prescription drug abuse, unintentional drug overdose, and unintentional drug overdose deaths; implement specific prevention and intervention strategies; and improve treatment options.

 

 Excerpt from the 2014 Opiate Task Force Annual Report

This year the Committee Chairs of the Opiate Task Force have identified several areas which will become the focal points of the Opiate Task Force Committees.  By defining specific issues for each Opiate Task Force Committee to concentrate its efforts, we hope to positively impact  the issues our Community is facing surrounding the opiate epidemic.  The following is a list of a few of the areas the Opiate Task Force will be concentrating its efforts this coming year:

  • Increasing awareness and utilization of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) as a way to identify individuals who may be at potential risk of addiction. [Find more information about SBIRT on the Resource Page.]

  • Investigating overdose deaths to determine if there are common contributing factors that can be addressed to prevent future overdose deaths

  • Engaging family members and friends of individuals who are struggling with addiction as a way to gain valuable insight, learn “what helps, what hurts” families in these situations, and create a network of support. One of the outcomes of this is the You’re Not Alone Support Group.  [This and other groups can be found on our Support Group Page.]

  • Educating and increasing the Community’s awareness of Naloxone, a life-saving medication that can be used to reverse opiate overdose

  • Promoting increased communication among youth and adults through prevention campaigns such as “Start Talking” and “I Am Enough.

The Opiate Task Force believes the opiate epidemic must be addressed by all segments of the community to effectively create meaningful change. The Opiate Task Force includes representatives from healthcare, law enforcement, waste-water treatment, drug addiction and mental health services, environmental services, city council, education, and the community at-large. Without this diverse representation of our Community, the Task Force would not be able to successfully address the opiate epidemic. It takes a large community coalition of the willing to achieve lasting community change.

~John Stanovich, Hancock County Opiate/Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force Chair & Assistant Dean of Pharmacy, The University of Findlay

The Opiate Task Force is comprised of 5 committees with the following goals:

Medical Committee:

  • To gain insight of challenges experienced by the medical system related to the opiate epidemic

  • To address issues concerning the medical system related to the opiate epidemic

  • To inform, educate, and advance the work of the Opiate Task Force to the medical system

  • To provide professional development opportunities to the medical system specific to the opiate epidemic

Community Awareness Committee:

  • To gain insight of the opiate epidemic through community forum

  • To address issues concerning the community related to the opiate epidemic

  • To inform, educate, and advance the work of the Opiate Task Force to the education system

  • To provide professional development opportunities to the education system specific to the opiate epidemic

  • To organize and implement at least one (1) community- wide medication collection event

Education Committee:

  • To gain insight of challenges experienced by the education system related to the opiate epidemic

  • To address issues concerning the education system related to the opiate epidemic

  • To inform, educate, and advance the work of the Opiate Task Force to the education system

  • To provide professional development opportunities to the education system specific to the opiate epidemic

Legislative Committee

  • To promote proposed legislation addressing the opiate epidemic

  • To suggest legislation that addresses the opiate epidemic

  • To work with state and national legislators to advance identified needs related to the opiate epidemic that can be addressed through legislation

Committee Chairs

  • To bring emerging issues related to the opiate epidemic for discussion

  • To determine which Opiate Task Force Committee is best suited to address emerging issues

  • To discuss current challenges experienced by each Opiate Task Force Committee

  • To review data to the opiate epidemic reported by Community Metrics Committee

 If you are interested in becoming involved with the Opiate Task Force or any of the committees, please give us a call at 419-424-2985 or email Zach at Zthomas@yourpathtohealth.org

 

 

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