By HV Press
WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County joined communities around the world in recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) on August 31. Over the last twenty years drug overdose deaths have increased significantly in many parts of the world and continue to worsen. Each year a record number of deaths are reported, which is predominantly driven by the misuse of opioids in combination with other drugs. This growing overdose epidemic extends to all parts of the world – including Westchester County.
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is an annual event to raise awareness about overdose, to remember without stigma those who have lost their lives to an overdose and to provide better support for overdose prevention. Westchester County Departments, along with our community stakeholders, will be offering several upcoming educational and awareness programs as well as lifesaving Narcan training to support this effort.
County Executive Latimer said: “Our community is being ravaged by the opioid crisis, and it is imperative that we, as a community, work together to identify the causes of this epidemic, and work with people to meet all their needs so we can stem the growing tide of abuse and overdose. Opioid addiction is not about just one thing; it is about the entire person – their problems, their needs, the reasons they may use in the first place, and we must take a holistic approach to give everyone affected a fighting chance.”
Integrating services is crucial to success, and Westchester is working towards an interlocked system of care and treatment. The county is moving ahead with programs that have mental health and substance use needs met in the same locations, and working to serve the entire population where the needs are found; from schools to clinics to physician-based treatment.
Department of Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD said: “I encourage all community members to learn how they can help fight the overdose epidemic. Narcan training is a tool we all can use to revive overdose victims and give substance users a second chance to reclaim their lives.”
Upcoming Educational and Awareness Forums:
- NAMI of Westchester: What Matters to You? Promotion and Understanding of community services for people with Co-Occurring Disorders.
Tuesday October 23, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Mercy College Dobbs Ferry Campus
For tickets go to: https://whatmatterstoyou10-23-18.eventbrite.com or visit NAMI website http://www.namiwestchester.org and click on Upcoming Events.
- The first Out of the Shadows: Co-Occurring Disorders Awareness Walk
Sunday, September 30, 2018 starting at 3pm at Pace University Pleasantville
For Registration, visit https://ssl.charityweb.net/theharrisproject/codawalk/ or navigate from https://theharrisproject.org/walk/.
- The 2nd Annual Westchester Youth Summit
Tuesday October 30, 2018 from 9am-1:30pm at the Westchester County Center.
Over 38 high schools, 400 students, 60 volunteers participated in 2017.
For additional information on Westchester educational programs and services contact the Department of Community Mental Health at (914) 995-5220.
Upcoming Narcan Trainings sponsored by Westchester County Department of Health:
- Thursday September 27, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12 noon at the White Plains District Office, Conference Room 112 East Post Road, 1st floor White Plains Registration is necessary
- Friday October 12, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Grace Baptist Church, Re-Entry Fair Mt Vernon Registration is necessary.
- Friday November 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library 1 Haseco Avenue Port Chester Registration is necessary.
For additional information click on to Westchester County Department of Health website at http://health.westchestergov.com/narcan