Opiates in the community put in focus
BRATTLEBORO- Strolling of the Heifers has announced the schedule for its Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden series.
Coming up is a special “Opiates and Our Community” series. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Brattleboro Fire Department are partnering to deliver a four-day series on the opioid epidemic. Each day there will be different topics presented by different agencies, all members of the community who work directly in this crisis.
Monday, September 9: Michael Bucossi , Brattleboro Fire Department and BMH staff, will give a brief presentation on the opioid overdose numbers to date for Brattleboro and Vermont. Taylor Wellington, Director of Emergency Services at BMH, will talk about Narcan. How much is enough? How much is too much? He will discuss the safe administration of Narcan and how it works.
Tuesday, September 10: “Opiates Education Series: Human Trafficking.” Nicole L. Dean, RN, will talk about human trafficking and its relation to the opioid crisis, in Vermont and the community. Her focus will be on identification, resources, support, and prevention.
Wednesday, September 11: Project Care and COSU: Lt. Adam Petlock, of the Brattleboro Police Department, will talk about addiction and service agencies whose goal is to help people dealing with substance use disorder find the services they need, and to help them connect with people who can provide support to those in recovery. Also, Chad Simmons, project coordinator for the Consortium on Substance Use, will discuss multi-agency groups working across the spectrum of substance prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery.
Thursday, September 12: “Nar-Anon and Turning Point - Local Resources for Support.” Turning Point provides a safe, supportive gathering place for all whose lives have been affected by addictions and are seeking to begin or strengthen their individual path in recovery, offering peer support, education, meeting space, and resource options, presented by Suzie Walker, executive director. Nar-Anon Family Groups is a program that supports relatives and friends of those battling substance use, where members can achieve peace of mind and gain hope for the future. Susan Avery, facilitator.
Friday, September 13: “How to impact behavior to achieve positive results.” Positivity Magic workshop facilitator Jonas Cain will share three invaluable principles and practices gained from his three-decade career as a magician. Whether a performer, teacher, manager, friend or anyone else, everyone will find something of value to apply to their own life circumstances. Come for the magic, stay for the message.
All Brown Bag Lunch events take place from noon to 1 pm at the Robert H Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, and are free and open to the public. Performers as well as speakers of all kinds are invited to be a part of this series. If interested, stop at the Stroll office at the River Garden or call (802) 246-0982.