Working to stop the opioid epidemic in our area

Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties hosted an Opioid Prevention Education Community kick-off event for anyone living or working in Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, and Herkimer on Nov. 29 at the Paul Nigra Center in Gloversville.

Participants for this event learned about how they can become involved in this work, as well as how this newly-formed program will help to expand upon critical initiatives that aid ongoing efforts to confront the opioid epidemic gripping New York and our local counties.

The Opioid Prevention Education Program supports statewide prevention and recovery programs and is free for all participants. This initiative aims to reduce the risk for young people to become addicted to opioids; to aid parents in learning to help manage, talk to, and help their own children; and to help delay or decrease substance use as well as to provide information to services such as treatment and recovery for loved ones. Narcan trainings, prevention education, community discussions, referrals for services, and other events and ideas were discussed at this event.

The main goal of this program is to curb overdose-related deaths and build upon the New York state’s governor’s multi-pronged approach to addressing the opioid epidemic affecting communities across the state. We need your help and collaboration to make this successful.

More information can be found on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Catholiccharitiesfmc or please contact Jenna Mares @ jenna.mares@cc-fmc.org or (518) 842.4202.

Together we can make a difference.

JENNA MARES

Catholic Charities of FM Counties

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