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 Council Chambers at City Hall and/or virtually via WebEx.
January 2, 2020
February 6, 2020
March 5, 2020
April 2, 2020 - CANCELED DUE TO COVID19
May 7, 2020 - CANCELED DUE TO COVID19
June 4, 2020 - CANCELED DUE TO COVID19
July 2, 2020 - CANCELED DUE TO COVID19
August 6, 2020 - CANCELED DUE TO COVID19
September 3, 2020
October 1, 2020 -CANCELED
November 5, 2020 - CANCELED
December 3, 2020
January 7, 2021
COVID-19 CRISIS HELPFUL INFO
HOW TO COPE WITH STRESS AND FEAR DURING THIS CRISIS
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
City of Bristol’s Recovery Alliance (C.O.B.R.A.)
With police officer discretion, a person in possession of an illegal substance, or who is using a substance illegally, can choose treatment instead of arrest. Community members who would like treatment for their substance misuse can also walk into the Bristol Police Department or Bristol Health’s Emergency Center and request help at any time. The participant will be brought to Bristol Health’s Emergency Center and evaluated for treatment options. This may include starting a medication assisted treatment (MAT), detoxification, Safety Planning or exploring several other options. The participant can expect to have referrals made, appointments scheduled and will work closely with hospital staff and community providers to support their plan for recovery. Our goal is to reduce barriers to ensure our citizens get the help they need.
The brochure below was produced for two different audiences. The first cover page is aimed at what we as a community can do. The other is distributed by Emergency Medical Responders and Bristol Hospital for those who survived an overdose.
What’s That?! Curious as to what some of the drug paraphernalia looks like? Sometimes, it’s in plain sight but hidden extremely well. Get to know the hidden secrets. Special thanks to www.demandZero.org for use of this illustration or check out their Facebook page.
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.
EDUCATION, EVENTS, NEWS AND INFORMATION
The below links are provided as guides, news, events, educational information & other tools.
Opioid Task Force RoundTable Discussion (Nutmeg TV)
Connecticut to receive $6 Million for Opioid Prevention
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 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