We are tired of waiting for the county to take action. It is long past time for them to be responsible in their roles to protect the public. See our letter to County Executive Jason Garnar below. Be sure to click the news links to see what he thought should be done PRIOR to being elected.
We have been calling on the county to track and report overdose deaths and reversals since August of 2015. Here we are, nearly two years later, still waiting.
Call County Executive Garnar today and ask him when he’ll start doing all the things he was demanding of the last administration.
June 25, 2017
Broome County Executive
60 Hawley Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
Dear County Executive Jason Garnar,
On June 24, 2017 the Village of Johnson City Police issued a warning about a surge in heroin overdoses, including three fatalities. We thanked them for their proactive approach in alerting their community. Due to their proactive approach, Truth Pharm and STAP worked together to immediately respond by advertising, promoting and handing out life-saving Naloxone kits during a three-hour time-slot on Sunday. Twenty-four people were trained and obtained kits.
This is what the response to a public health emergency looks like.
Also, due to their proactive approach, the news media published stories about the overdoses and the handing out of Naloxone kits, which caused hundreds of people in Broome County to engage in conversations about the opioid epidemic. In addition, hundreds of people were educated about: the dangers of using alone; the need to call 911; a particularly strong or ‘bad’ batch of heroin that was circulating; harm reduction practices they could use to reduce overdoses; and the lifesaving medication Naloxone. Conversations that our community desperately needs. In addition, two people reached out to Truth Pharm and will be placed into inpatient treatment tomorrow.
On February 23, 2017 you attended our in-depth presentation to local elected officials outlining the dire need for both care and harm reduction approaches in Broome County. We also made it clear that tracking of overdose data – both deaths and successful revivals – is the responsibility of our county government and needs to be done accurately, consistently and actively reported to the public.
We have seen zero progress on this front. We have been making requests for this information since August of 2015, we are approaching two years since then, over one hundred deaths and thousands of overdoses with no change to the system.
Prior to being elected as County Executive, you agreed that the community should be notified. We have communications from you to us directly stating so and ridiculing the prior administration for not being responsible in doing so. And you made your opinion public to the media. On August 12, 2016, WICZ started a report about overdoses with this line: “Broome County Executive Candidate Jason Garnar called for a public health warning on heroin overdoses Thursday night.” And later in the article included this as well, “Jason Garnar says it is a health risk when the public isn’t notified.” Garnar Calls for Public Health Warning Garnar Wants Better Accounting by the County
On August 11, 2016, in an article published by the Press & Sun Bulletin: “First and foremost, Broome County needs to declare a public health emergency,” said Garnar, the Democrat challenging Preston in the November election. But “what I’m more concerned about is it seems our county executive is not saying anything about this. We should be doing everything possible to get the word out there that something is out there that is killing people left and right.” The website for that article includes a video of you stating how important it is for the County Executive to release CURRENT information to the public in order to save lives. Garnar calls on Broome to Declare Opioid Emergency
It is nearly one year since you made those strong statements and you’ve been in office for six months. But, where is your action? Why aren’t you releasing notices to the public? You are now the one responsible to ensure the public is notified.
As we have in the past, we could provide multiple examples of other counties in New York State who are actively tracking and releasing overdose data, but we trust you can google and immediately find plenty of results just as easily as we can.
We also know this data already exists for the county. We recently learned that the county is planning to participate in a program to release all overdose data (deaths and reversals) to a mapping program run by the DEA. That mapped data will not be accessible by the public, but is utilized in drug investigations. We are beyond sickened to learn that the county is choosing to participate in an enforcement and further criminalization program as their priority over participating in issuing public health warnings and participating in harm reduction practices with data you ALREADY HAVE.
Your goal must be to save lives.
We are again requesting that the County Health Department immediately begin to take responsibility for counting the deaths of our loved ones due to substance use related causes and issuing that information to the public. This responsibility does not belong to the District Attorney, this is a health issue and belongs to our county health department.
We also want to remind you that funding from the state and federal government depends on accurately reporting both overdose and death data to state officials. We are being bypassed for funding, new programs and attention because our issues are not accurately reported.
Though it seems much of what was written in our letter of February 23, 2017, including working together cooperatively, has been ignored, we’ll attach the letter as a reminder of what we called for four months ago, please be sure to review request #3 which we’ll include below. The optimism we expressed in our letter is waning, but we as an organization continue to do the work necessary to save lives. You, as the County Executive, declared this opioid crisis a Public Health Emergency. With that declaration comes serious responsibility on your part.
Founder and Executive Director
cc: Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, NYS Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker
We just had a request to let someone know what support groups are available in our area, so here you go:
SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.
The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. In addition, our online message board and 24/7 chat room are excellent forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support.
More information: http://www.smartrecovery.org/
The HOPE 607 Project, Inc.
Broome County Urban League, 43-45 Carroll St
45 Carroll Street
13901 Binghamton New York
+60 7-723 7303
AA – Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous is a program of a new way of life without alcohol, a program that is working successfully for millions of men and women throughout the world, and in all walks of life. The experience of A.A. members is that alcoholism is a progressive disease that cannot be cured, but which can be arrested — by staying away from the first drink, one day at a time.
For more information and a list of meetings in the Southern Tier: https://aabinghamton.org/meetings.html
NA – Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and our membership growth was minimal during our initial twenty years as an organization. Since the publication of our Basic Text in 1983, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically. Today, NA members hold nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries. We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Membership is free, and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations.
For more information: http://www.na.org/
Local NA Chapter website with meeting list: http://www.tcana.net/
Triple Cities Area of Narcotics Anonymous ( TCANA )
PO Box 422, Binghamton, NY 13902-0422
Local Meeting list: http://www.tcana.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/TCANA22717.pdf
A place to get clean and stay clean. Brand New meets every Tuesdays at 7pm at 1701 Riverview Dr, Endicott NY, Thursdays at 7 pm 90 Clinton St Binghamton NY. Groups for people battling drugs and alcohol or in recovery. Also a support group for the friends and family of the addict. We see real results and true freedom from addiction. We believe a life without drugs and alcohol should be exciting so we create positive outlets to have fun. Join us and Thrive in your recovery!
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1583552225231860/
Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory.
Another way to search for support meetings: http://meetings.intherooms.com/meetings/search?latitude=42.098687&longitude=-75.917974&proximity=100
Truth Pharm – Garden of Hope
We have a monthly meeting called Garden of Hope which offers an educational component and then a time to share or ask questions. Special guest speakers included. A different topic each month. The 3rd Monday of every month at 6:30pm at Tabernacle Methodist Church, 83 Main St, Binghamton, NY – Enter through back. Watch our facebook page and website for details: www.truthpharm.org
Families Anonymous celebrated our 40th Anniversary in 2011. We were formed in 1971 by a group of concerned parents in California who were seeking ways of dealing with the problem of substance abuse and addiction in their children. Our members include parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, significant others, other family members and friends of those with a current, suspected or former drug problem. We have been one of the best kept secrets in the recovery community, even though we have groups throughout the world.
For more information: http://www.familiesanonymous.org/
In Al-Anon/Alateen, members do not give direction or advice to other members. Instead, they share their personal experiences and stories, and invite other members to “take what they like and leave the rest”—that is, to determine for themselves what lesson they could apply to their own lives.
For more information: http://al-anon.org/
|Tuesday 06:30 PM||11 Brandywine Ave
Binghamton NY 13901
|use back door.
also open to professionals / students
|Wednesday 07:45 PM||Christ Episcopal Church
10 Henry St
Binghamton NY 13901
|also open to professionals / students
|Thursday 07:00 PM||Christ Episcopal Church
10 Henry Street
Binghamton NY 13901
|also open to professionals / students
Alateen is part of Al‑Anon Family Groups. Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members who help the group to stay on track. Alateens come together to:
For more information: http://al-anon.org/how-will-alateen-help-me
NO MEETINGS IN OUR AREA
CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous)
Welcome to Co-Dependents Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.
Local meetings— St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 200 Jefferson Ave. Endicott, NY, Sat 1:00 PM
The Compassionate Friends:
The mission of The Compassionate Friends: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
For more information: https://www.compassionatefriends.org/
The local chapter: http://tcfbc.homestead.com/Welcome.html
Parents who have lost a child: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1515193738693712/
Siblings who have lost a sibling: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1516508415263760/
Parents who have lost a child: https://www.facebook.com/groups/grasphelp/
http://www.intherooms.com— In The Rooms is the premier online social network for the Recovery community worldwide. Our mantra is H.I.T.C.H and our mission is to Help, Inform, Touch, Connect, and Heal those in Recovery, seeking Recovery and support for their family and friends.
HOPE OVER DOPE – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1528325370809326/
Hope vs Dope – https://www.facebook.com/groups/hopevsdope/
Addicts Fighting Addiction – https://www.facebook.com/groups/AddictsFightingAddiction/
Addiction Really – https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionreally/
Al Anon Speaker Recordings:
SE Fighting Back is a community-based volunteer group dedicated to responding to the heroin and opioid addiction problem in the Sherburne-Earlville School District communities including Sherburne, North Norwich, Smyrna, and Columbus townships in Chenango County and Lebanon and Hamilton townships in Madison County. Since its formation, SE Fighting Back has become a subsidiary of Truth Pharm, a nonprofit addiction awareness organization in the Southern Tier, to take advantage of Truth Pharm’s resources and knowledge of the issues surrounding the heroin and opioid crisis.
SE Fighting Back Goals
– To raise awareness and educate the public
– To promote prevention, harm reduction and recovery in the S-E communities
2016 Events and Activities Accomplished by SE Fighting Back:
Community Resource/Needs Assessment
June 16 in Sherburne
October 18 in Smyrna
April 1 in partnership with SE High School – Assembly for students with impact panel
May 23 in Sherburne – Public awareness event with impact panel
June 21 in Sherburne – In-depth education night including round table discussions
“To Love an Addict” Support Group Initiated – Locations in Norwich and Sherburne on the 2nd and 4th of each month
1st Responder Resource Card – Created for Chenango County and distributed to police, ambulance and fire organizations
Discussions with Mayor Acee of Sherburne and Chenango County Sheriff Cutting to promote formation of a countywide PAARI program.
Provide support to individuals in Chenango County seeking help for themselves or a loved one.
2017 Events and Activities Potentially to Include:
Additional Naloxone Trainings
Community awareness/ education forum(s)
Prescription drug “take-back” day
1st Responder resource card for Madison County
Event in partnership with SE Central School to raise awareness and promote prevention
Initiate Recovery Coach resources for the community by sponsoring individuals to take training
Develop countywide PAARI program in Chenango County
Continued support for individuals seeking rehab and/or integrating back into the community
For More Information find us on Facebook at facebook.com/SEFIGHTINGBACK or email email@example.com. Information about Truth Pharm can be found at truthpharm.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are visiting Albany to advocate for policy change on May 3rd, May 10th and May 11th.
It is very important that our political leaders hear from us and the struggles we face with finding treatment and having it be affordable and/or approved by our insurance.
Here is our agenda for advocacy for 2016:
Advocacy Agenda for 2016
New York State is not immune to the opioid and heroin epidemic plaguing our country which has progressed now to a crisis. While we have been ahead of the curve on implementation of some important issues such as the Good Samaritan Law and Naloxone access, we remain behind in health parity and treatment access.
As an advocacy organization, we are reminded daily of the many obstacles people seeking help encounter. Here is the typical sequence of events experienced by an individual who has said “I want help”:
Though we believe a multi-faceted approach will ultimately be necessary to conquer this epidemic, nothing is more important than saving those who are desperate for help now. We need our state government to take emergency measures to address those suffering and asking for help now.
Thank you for your time and also offer our help. If you need someone to speak at a hearing, provide testimony or advocate to your colleagues, please call on us. We will help.
We need the following emergency measures:
These bills would offer a high impact with low cost to New York and are non-controversial:
The following bills will have a significant impact on the epidemic:
|S6478A/ A9211||Requires insurance companies to provide at least ninety days of rehabilitation services to an insured upon a doctor’s prescription||Senator Ritchie/ Assemblyman Stirpe|
|S651||Relates to continuing medical education requirements for doctors, nurses and pharmacists; requires three hours of training on the prevention, treatment and mitigation of opiate analgesics and psychotropic drug addiction.||Senator Kennedy|
|S647||Requires the department to draft guidelines for the transition of patients from substances with a high risk of addiction to those with a low risk.||Senator Kennedy|
|S660||Requires disclosure of addiction risks for certain prescription drugs; requires physicians, nurses and pharmacists to provide information on prevention, mitigation and treatment of prescription drug addiction and to have the patient sign a form acknowledging education of such risks.||Senator Kennedy|
If you are visiting this page you are probably well aware of the Opioid Crisis that is happening in our Country. It is effecting far too many families. It effected me too- I lost my little brother J.T. J.T. was the most charming person you would ever meet and could light up any room with laughter. He was my best man at my wedding and many people considered him their best friend. He became addicted to powerful painkiller called OxyContin. Before 2007 I had no idea what OxyContin was. After hearing many more stories similar to my brother’s on the news I decided to become involved.
In my daytime job I am a geographer that works for Esri- the leading mapping software company. I wanted to apply those skills and technologies to help get the word out. There is a definite stigma about people who use drugs. This storymap “Celebrating Lost Loved Ones” shows a very small sample of people who have been lost to the epidemic. Their picture has a bio with details about what made them special.
The map is embedded here on TruthPharm:
Here is the form to submit your loved one:
The Lost Loved Ones map started roughly a year ago and now has over 150 contributions, really a tiny fraction of what is occurring. However, it illustrates that this problem is happening everywhere, to really great people. More mapping is being done around the epidemic as well and can be found in this gallery:
Some of the other maps are demographic maps that look at deaths by county, states that have Prescription Drop Off Locations, where Naloxone was used to save a life, and where over-prescribing is taking place that will likely lead to more problems.
Maps are a great communication tool – I hope you find them useful in helping get the word out about this epidemic to help drive more change. Thank you TruthPharm for all that you are doing!
1/17/16 – Our website was updated with many improvements including Jeremiah Lindeman’s Celebrating Lost Loved Ones Map.
1/17/16 – Our first blog post – The Rainmakers’ Report.
1/19/16- Met with Jack Juran, Coordinator, Tioga County Drug Court – we met to get an overview of Tioga County’s Drug Court process and we are VERY impressed! Jack also invited us to prepare a presentation to give at their weekly meeting which will include the Tioga County District Attorney, Public Defender, Tioga County Sheriff, Head of Probation and Drug Court Coordinators.
1/19/16 – Attended our first TCCASA meeting for their Tioga County Addiction Task Force. We were offered a seat on this task force and have accepted. We will be assisting them with many of their efforts in the future. We were provided an update of what they have done to date. We were also offered the opportunity to write a summary about Truth Pharm to be included in their next news letter.
1/19/16 – We’ve received the final list from Assemblyman Crouch’s office of which EMS agencies are carrying naloxone and which are not so that we can start our outreach to them.
1/19/16 – Our 501c3 Application was submitted.
1/19/16 – Asked to be on panel of planners for Genesee County’s Crime Victims Assistance Week and to be one of the speakers for their conference. Also asked to coordinate Chief Campanello’s attendance and speaking engagement. Working on that.
1/19/16 – Asked to speak at Afton Awareness event on March 9 as “Parent Affected”.
1/20/16 – We met with Jeanette Tolson who is a private practice social worker. We discussed Jeanette’s experience in the addiction and recovery treatment world and Truth Pharm’s Core Values and areas of focus. We decided Jeanette’s and our core values are quite inline! Jeanette has graciously offered her professional training services for our upcoming Angel programs and is also willing to be a speaker at awareness events. This is an exciting partnership!
1/20/16 – We met with Tom Jackson and Benjamin Bergman. They have offered some legal expertise to us in addition to some ideas we’ll be working on together! They have also joined our board of directors which is a very exciting announcement.
1/20/16– Executive Committee Meeting
1/24/16 – Received commitment from Refabulous Furniture they will donate furniture for Oxford Police’s Community Recovery Room.
1/25/16 – We had our Rainmaker Meeting with 18 in attendance! Plans for our trips to Albany were discussed. Dannielle Swart provided a nice concise presentation on how laws are made in Albany and an overview of how to lobby to advance policy.
1/26/16 – Alexis Pleus, Michelle Ericitano and Daniel Rippe provided interviews and a response to the New York State Assembly Minority Task Force’s report on the Heroin Epidemic.
1/26/16 – Met with the Oxford Police and three volunteers interested in possibly running our Angel Program for the Oxford Police. It was a fantastic meeting and they have accepted! Sarah Francis, Donna Wood-Craig and Connie Barnes are going to be our Angel Program Leaders for the Oxford Police Department!
1/26/16 – Truth Pharm and the Oxford Naloxone training and the Angel Program featured in an article in The Daily Star newspaper.
1/26/16 – Truth Pharm and the Oxford Naloxone training and the Angel Program featured in an article in The Evening Sun newspaper.
1/27/16 – We provided a resource table at the Windsor High School Awareness event.
1/28/16 – We participated in a nationwide conference call to form committees to plan the next Facing Addiction Rally in Washington DC.
1/28/16 – Attended a webinar training to use SBIRT with Teens.
1/28/16 – Co-Hosted a community Naloxone training in Oxford, NY with the Oxford Police Department and Southern Tier Aides Program. 47 were in attendance. WICZ provided news coverage.
1/29/16 – We met with the new Broome County District Attorney, Stephen Cornwell. We listened to his ideas and plans for the future and heard his beliefs about addiction and the criminal justice system. We felt his values are well aligned with ours! He told us about many of his future plans, most of which we cannot discuss openly yet, but we are very excited about them. We told him about some of our plans and offered to partner on future projects. We also established that we will have an excellent working relationship with him in the future.
1/29/16 – We met with Donna Lupardo and provided our List of Changes Needed in New York State, our Core Values, Strategic Areas of Focus and provided our comments on the Assembly Minority’s Heroin Task Force Report. She was excited and thankful to have the data. She will use it to make connections and discuss with her colleagues. We discussed the ties of the heroin/opioid epidemic to the affects on children in New York which is a topic she champions. We would like to have members of Truth Pharm follow up on this with her some more. She provided a legislative session calendar and suggested dates for us to be most effective in Albany. She also offered to send us a list of people we should target seeing while we are there. She stressed that making appointments ahead of time is imperative.
1/30/16 – Alexis, Amy Cruz and Kim Myers met to discuss several ideas. This was an exciting meeting. Amy is putting together a proposal for an idea she has which will be an amazing and compassionate service to those impacted by deaths due to substance related causes. More to come in the future on this. We all discussed current issues with access to treatment. We also discussed our need for The Flight House.
38 facebook posts – Awareness Events, Naloxone Events, Informative Articles, Memorials to lost loved ones, stories of recovery. Over 30,000 reached. Now 2342 “Likes” on public facebook page. 108 followers on Twitter.
Treatment Access, Recovery and Support for Individuals and Families:
1/1/16 – Assemblyman Crouch is diligently working to determine the best plan of action to require EMS agencies in New York State to carry naloxone.
1/14/16 – Executive Committee Meeting
1/6/16 – Meeting in Hancock with group of concerned citizens regarding opioid epidemic. Truth Pharm provided a proposal for a series of events and requested they create a small committee who will handle logistics. Everyone agreed to move forward with the proposal which includes An Awareness Event, A Naloxone Training, A Follow-Up Event, a High School Assembly and creating a community action group either an extension of Truth Pharm, or whatever they would like to create.
1/7/16 – Meeting with the Oxford Police and the Community Foundation for South Central New York to discuss potential funding of the Oxford Police program and discussed potential funding for other Truth Pharm projects as well.
1/7/16 – Finalized schedule with STAP for two upcoming Nalaxone Trainings – 1/28/16 in Oxford, NY at 5:30pm and 2/17/16 in Hancock, NY at 5:30pm.
1/8/16 – Interview with WICZ to discuss the number of deaths in Broome County as reported by Dr. Ryan with the Broome County Health Department.
1/9/16 – Volunteer and Committee Organizational meeting between Susan and Alexis
1/11/16 – Outstanding Rainmaker Meeting – made plans to meet every other week, discussed endeavors, rainmakers signed up to help with awareness events coming up.
1/13/16 – Meeting with Broome County Sheriff’s Office, Truth Pharm, Broome County Social Services, Broome County Mental Health, Fairview, ACC and UHS Behavioral Health to discuss the Angel Program for Broome County Sheriff’s Office. In summary – The program was developed as this: If a person reports to the BCSO for treatment, an Angel Volunteer will be called to come and do the intake paperwork with the person. They person will be asked if they would like to get long term inpatient treatment out of the area or if they would prefer going to the ACC and utilizing local treatment providers. If they want local treatment: If they have come in between 8am and 4pm, we will call New Horizons and see if a rapid access assessment can be performed. If not, the person will be taken to the ACC which is offering 2 beds dedicated to the program and if those are full will dedicate 2 more beds. From that point, ACC may perform the evaluation or coordinate with UHS and Attempt to get the person inpatient treatment at New Horizons. If they cannot get inpatient treatment at New Horizons, ACC will find them residential or other treatment elsewhere.
If they want out long term, inpatient treatment out of the area, no facility locally is willing to allow them to stay there until they leave. As of now, the plan is that the person will be allowed to go home and the Angel will work to find treatment ASAP and travel arrangements will be made. This is how Cooperstown is running their program. We are still working on this issue, but for now, we are pleased that we are at least able to still move forward.
1/13/16 – Meeting with the Lost Dog owners and Robert Riddel who have all offered to help us with a fundraiser. We will call the fundraiser “A Night of Mindreading and Magic” it will be March 11th from 6-9pm. Tickets will be $35 each. We’ll be able to sell 75 tickets. More details will follow as we fully develop the program and plans.
1/13/16 – We’ve received the initial list from Assemblyman Crouch’s office of which EMS agencies are carrying naloxone and which are not so that we can start our outreach to them.
1/14/16 – Rusty and Alexis met with our attorney regarding 501c3 regulations and our application and things are moving forward. In addition to discussions regarding insurance, the attorney is also going to provide us with a waiver we can use when helping people find treatment to protect our organization.
1/14/16 – Meeting with the Oxford Police Department and a physician who is willing to help us with trying to get other local physicians onboard with being reputable suboxone and vivitrol providers that will accept insurance. He is also willing to help us with outpatient suboxone assisted detox for persons willing and scheduled to leave town for inpatient long term treatment.
1/14/16 – Meeting with Hancock folks to discuss plans with the Pastor of the Church who manages the Messenger Hall where the events will take place. He is very much onboard with our plans and we may find him to be a serious partner in our efforts in Hancock. He is interested in creating a recovery support group in Hancock and we suggested we make a call for donations at the Awareness Event that will be used to fund this effort so we are leaving the community with a lasting and impactful resource. We have the dates set for their events: Awareness Event 2/11, Naloxone Training 2/17, Follow-up Event 3/10. Pat Simmons has made contact with the school and provided me with their contact information to plan a high school assembly which sounds like they are all onboard with.
1/14/16 – Oxford School Superintendent is interested in having us provide an event for them. We provided a proposal and outline for a possible assembly.
1/16/16 – Alexis, Sarah and Laurie attended the 5 hour EASE Volunteer training in Oneonta, NY to learn how to be a support person to someone in the early stages of opiate withdrawal.
Treatment Access for Individuals: A Broome County 22 Year Old young man flew out for long term inpatient treatment. We raised the funds to help a 22 year old young woman from Otsego County fly out for long term inpatient treatment. A Broome County young man got a bed in New York State 28 day treatment facility. Discussed methods of advocacy with the parents of a young woman in the criminal justice system. Discussed methods of advocacy with a family member who wants to advocate for their loved one in the criminal justice system.