Opioid Task Force

The Mayor's Opioid Task Force is a group of organizations and individuals united in their commitment to reduce the tragic consequences that stem from the use of heroin and other opiates.

MEETING SCHEDULE  ***All meetings begin at 6:30pm in the First Floor Meeting Room at City Hall
January 17, 2019
February 21, 2019
March 11, 2019 (Special Meeting)
April 18, 2019
May 16, 2019
June 20, 2019
July 18, 2019
August 15, 2019 **Meeting Canceled
September 19, 2019
October 17, 2019
November 21, 2019
December 19, 2019
January 16, 2020

The below links are provided as guides, news, events, educational information & other tools.

In November 2019, the Opioid Task Force premiered the recently produced Public Service Announcements to be used as an educational tools regarding the opioid and addiction crisis facing our community and those across the country. These PSA's will be used in social media and made shareable in order to help those in need find recovery options. Use this link: Bristol's Video Public Service Announcements on Opioid and Addiction

Opioid Page Launch
The NORA - Naloxone + Overdose Response App is a free app from the CT Department of Public Health that provides information on opioids, recognizing the symptoms of a suspected opioid overdose, and instructions on administering naloxone when needed. Viewers can learn about training on naloxone use in CT as well as how to obtain it in their communities. Additional pages provide access on how to prevent an overdose, disposal of medications, and links to treatment and recovery resources.

Drug and Rehab Centers in CT
LiveLOUD-helping families find treatment and support for youth and young adult substance abuse.
Governor Lamont Announces New Statewide Efforts to Confront Opioid Addiction and Save Lives
What Is Addiction? Dr. Gabor Mate
Fentanyl Deaths:The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's third wave -The CT Mirror (March 2019)
The Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Locator
The Surprising Links among Opioid Use, Suicide and Unintentional Overdose. (March 2019)
Tobacco 21 Presentation
Opioid Overdoses Kill More Americans than Car Crashes (January 2019)
City of Bristol Receives State Grant to Address Opioid Crisis (December 2018)-Press Release
Parenting and the Opioid Crisis-How to start the conversation (CT Mirror-December 31 2018)
The Opioid Crisis and Connecticut's Workforce Whitepaper (November 28, 2018)
Drug Deaths expected to remain level in 2018 (CTMirror Article-Sept 13, 2018)
Dr. Ruth Potees-The Physiology of Addiction, May 2018
American Addiction Centers - providing information and resources

Jennifer Anderson, Resident                                            
Erica Baloga, Wheeler Clinic
Kurt Barwis, President, Bristol Hospital                                                  
William Brownstein, MD
Frank Caputo, Recovery Coach
Chris Cassin, Board of Ed, Athletic Director
Lisa Coates, Bristol Hospital Counseling Center
Richard Colbert, Parent
Barbara DiNoia, Bristol Adult Education
Kathy Dunn, Resident
Mary Fortier -City Council Liaison
Ana Gopoian, Tri Circle
Victor Gotteimer, Resident
Brian Gould, Police Chief
Lt. Rich Guerrera, Bristol Police Dept.
Linda Hall, Resident
Mark Jenkins, Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition
Heidi Joseph, Wheeler Clinic
Sandra Kamens, Resident
Leslie Kish. MD
David Koscuk, Bristol EMS
Brien Laforge, Bristol EMS
Laura Mattioli Lewis, Parent
Jennifer McLeod, Resident
Eileen McNulty,  Youth Services Director
Jessica Paine, RN
Marco Palmeri, Director of Bristol-Burlington Health District
Glen Palmisano, Chiropractor
Cynthia Petronio-Vazquez, Beacon Health Options
Jeffrey Quamme, Clinical Trainer on Opioid Use Disorders
Andrew Salek
Pat Stebbins, Brian's Angels
Judith Stronger, Wheeler Clinic
Melissa Thornton, Resident
Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, Chair