Friday, January 10, 2014
Your are cordially invited to a "Meet the Overdose Prevention & Education Task Force Meeting" Importance: High
Your are cordially invited to a "Meet the Overdose Prevention & Education Task Force Meeting"
Please note this important date on your calendar: Wednesday January 22nd - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (see location listed below)
ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND !
Please forward this open invite to your contacts!
As you all know, the rate of opiate prescription medication and heroin abuse has skyrocketed in Bucks County over the last several years. This September alone, 63 people in Bensalem, PA have overdosed on opioid drugs like heroin and prescription pain killers. This is an issue that puts the health of our community, families and youth in jeopardy. A new report released by The Trust for America’s Health found Pennsylvania has the 14th highest rate of drug overdose deaths. The report found the Commonwealth had 15.3 overdose deaths per 100,000 residents in 2010. Most of those deaths involved the use of prescription drugs.
You are invited to come out and find out what is being done in both Bucks County as well as state wide and how to be part of not only the conversation but learn how you can be part of the solution. We will be meeting monthly at various locations throughout Bucks County for convenience of the communities. By attending, you are not required to attend future monthly meetings although you are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member, membership only means that you will receive monthly e-mails regarding issues related to overdoses and opioid drug use. The Task Force is also forming sub-committee’s based on areas of interest and professional experience. We welcome everyone to participate; community members, law enforcement, recovery services, medical providers, pharmacists, persons in recovery, etc.
Task Forces goals include but are not limited to:
· Educate others on the topic and save lives.
o Outreach and education creates partnerships that may then focus on other initiatives or strategies.
· Promote awareness and encourage further action.
o Actions may include getting the word out and gaining support for legislative actions such as Senator Pileggis HB 1164 – good Samaritan Act.
Please feel free to David Fialko with any and all questions at 215-230-8218 x 3162 !
January’s open meeting will be hosted by:
Livengrin Oxford Valley
195 Bristol-Oxford Valley Rd.,
Langhorne, PA 19047
Meeting time: 6:00 pm to 7:30pm
Food and beverages will be provided
February’s open Meeting will be hosted by:
Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth
Chancellor Center Date, and time to be announced.