DUNKIRK, N.Y.: – A community event to address the opioid addiction will be held in Dunkirk on May 17. Combatting the Addiction Epidemic: Help is Available in Northern Chautauqua County will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 601 Washington Ave. from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This event will include prevention, treatment, and recovery resource presentations and resource fair followed by an Opioid Overdose Response/Narcan Training at 4:30 p.m. lead by Alison Espin of the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services. Representatives from the County Behavioral Health Clinic in Dunkirk, TLC Health Network, UPMC Chautauqua WCA , Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Group, Addiction Response Ministry, HOPE Chautauqua, Evergreen Health, and Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council will also be in attendance.
“The Addiction Epidemic is causing havoc among families and the community, and it’s important that we all work together to reach this common goal to keep our children and family safe and healthy,” said Melanie Witkowski, CPP, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council. “If you want to be part of the solution, please come out and attend the event to learn what services and programs are available within Northern Chautauqua County regarding alcohol and substance use. This event is a collaborative effort amongst several organizations and groups that are working hard to overcome this widespread issue concerning addiction related to opioids and other substances.”
The Hope & Healing for Chautauqua Committee, a diverse group of community partners, has been working together to plan several local events to promote hope, highlight resources, and strengthen substance abuse efforts in Chautauqua County. The planning committee includes representatives of Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), HOPE Chautauqua Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA), Evergreen Health, Chautauqua Tapestry, Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, local faith leaders, and other dedicated community members. The events will highlight National Prevention Week (NPW), May 14-20. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. The theme for NPW 2017 is: Making Each Day Count.
The Hope & Healing for Chautauqua events, registration information, and additional details for each of the scheduled events will be available on the HOPE Chautauqua Facebook page. www.facebook.com/hopechautauqua/