Opiate Task Force

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.

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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 [email protected].

The Opiate Task Force is comprised of five 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 keep the community up-to-speed of the changing landscape of the opiate epidemic
  • 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