Update & Discussion

Community input sought on heroin/opiate recommendations

Task forces to review roadmap for action Oct. 25
Oct 11, 2016

Belfast — Adults and teens are urged to participate in a discussion of what's happening and what we can do about heroin/opiate use and its impacts on our communities.

Maine Medical Association, Broadreach Family & Community Services, and Waldo County Building Communities for Children coalition are sponsoring the update and discussion Tuesday, Oct. 25, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave. Light refreshments will be available.

"Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis is taking a toll on the people and families of Waldo County and the number of overdose deaths across Maine is likely to be higher than ever this year," said Patrick Walsh, Broadreach director of prevention services, in a news release.

The "community conversation" about Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis will include the roadmap for action on prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement developed by the Maine Opiate Collaborative Task Forces.

Last February Belfast and Waldo County came together to discuss this growing crisis and make recommendations to the task forces that had been convened by the U.S. attorney for Maine, the Maine attorney general, and the Maine commissioner of public safety.

In May of this year, the task forces released their roadmap for federal, state, and local actions that should be taken in the areas of prevention, treatment, harm reduction and law enforcement.

In the new round of heroin/opiate forums this fall, Maine Medical Association are sharing the the Maine Opiate Collaborative Task Forces' roadmap.

The Oct. 25 forum will begin with a short presentation from task force members about their proposals for reducing the devastation of opiate misuse and addiction in Maine, and then open up to a plenary conversation.

The goal is for community members to learn more about what the three task forces have proposed, which were based in part on input provided at the forum last winter, and for the task forces to learn what the community sees as opportunities and potential barriers to implementation and improvement of health outcomes.

Task force members want "to hear your reactions, suggestions, and observations about the opportunities and challenges to being successful," Walsh said. "We will talk about what’s going to be needed in Washington, D.C., and in Augusta, and we will identify the action steps we can take here in Waldo County.

"All members of the community, including our young people, are invited to attend and participate in this facilitated discussion," Walsh said. "Please join us for this important discussion about what’s happening and what we can all do about heroin/opiate use and the impacts it’s having in our communities."

For more information or to RSVP, contact Patrick Walsh at 338-6679 or pwalsh@brmaine.org.


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