“Take Back Our Community” Forum to Address Opiate & Opioid Epidemic in Washington County


In response and follow-up to community forums focused on the opiate and opioid epidemic that have taken place throughout Washington County over the past several months, Healthy Acadia will convene “Take Back Our Community: Community Action Teams for Washington County” on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Rose M. Gaffney School in Machias from 3pm to 6pm.  This is a community forum and all are invited and welcome to participate.

 The forum, co-hosted by local community advocate Brian Frutchey, will feature six breakout sessions to address priorities identified at earlier forums.  Community Action Teams comprised of those working in the medical, law enforcement, substance treatment and counseling fields, concerned citizens and community members in recovery, will focus efforts in six key areas:

 Medical: Discuss current policies and practices for managing chronic pain and treatment of substance addiction, safe drug storage and disposal, new prescribing protocols and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

 Treatment: Learn about the treatment services available for those seeking help for addiction in Washington County and how to access and navigate the treatment system.

 Recovery: Identify current recovery supports.  Identify gaps in recovery supports and develop action steps to enhance current supports and reduce gaps. Create a list of volunteers to assist those seeking treatment and help with navigating the system.

 Education and Prevention: Learn about participating in community circle discussions: evidence-based programs, faith based programs, needle exchange programs, youth prevention programs such as Prime For Life.

 Enforcement: Discover current efforts to address the opiate crisis in Washington County, help create a plan for partnership and action with local law enforcement agencies.

 Advocacy: Learn how to connect with local and state legislators and decision makers and provide information about addiction and how it affects the brain, families, and our communities.  

 For more information about the forum, contact Angela Fochesato: angela@healthyacadia.org, Terri Woodruff: terri@healthyacadia.org  or 255-3741.