BRISTOL - The Mayorâ€™s Opioid Task Force has produced a pair of brochures aimed at the community and overdose survivors to provide information and contacts to help people find a path to addiction recovery.
Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu made copies available at the City Council meeting. The brochures are the result of several months of discussion and seven revisions by the task force, â€śto make sure they had all the information that the committee felt it was important to have,â€ť she said.
The first one is called â€śBristolâ€™s Opioid Community Crisis: What Can We Do Now?â€ť It includes information such as what opioids are, what happens when someone overdoses, what the emergency medication Narcan does and where itâ€™s available, places to find substance abuse counseling, alternative pain management resources and where to call if you see street drug dealing going on.
It will be available at city departments, the public libraries, the senior center, Bristol Youth Services, the police department, and at Bristol Hospital, Zoppo-Sassu said.
The other brochure has the same information, with a different cover and the title â€śYou Have Survived an Opioid Overdose.â€ť
This one will be carried by police officers in their medical bags for when they respond to an opioid issue, she said. â€śThis brochure will be left at the home or with relatives/friends so that there is a pathway to recovery once the person returns home. The hospital emergency room also notified me they will be incorporating these brochures into their discharge counseling for people that need to get into a recovery program.â€ť
The brochures are also available on the cityâ€™s website , â€śfor people who are interested in accessing it from the privacy of their own home,â€ť she said.
She said the task force has updated its anti-substance abuse public service announcements that air on gas station pumps through the AMP Radio Network.
In April, Zoppo-Sassu said she will ask the council to act on a task force recommendation to declare Bristol â€śa recovery friendly community.â€ť
â€śThere is a check list we have been working on for the last three or four months, with the assistance of many of our stakeholders who come to the meetings, and we believe that we can in fact designate ourselves as such,â€ť she said.
There will be paperwork explaining it available ahead of time.
Last month, Zoppo-Sassu reported the task force had developed posters to be displayed in schools and other public areas, that say â€śif you donâ€™t think vaping is addictive it may have already altered your brain,â€ť with some resource information at the bottom.
The task force also sent a letter to local convenience stores and gas stations asking them to better monitor how they are displaying counter items, such as vaping materials, that could only be purchased by people over the age of 18.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.