120 local residents, service providers, politicians and guest speakers convened at the Town Church of Ware to discuss the opioid crisis and the actions of the Substance Use Task Force, which has officially been in operation for one year.
We had an ambitious agenda--to match the fierce ambition we feel when it comes to addressing this disease in our communities and saving lives. It was powerful to hear multiple sectors--DAs, legislators, healthcare leaders, and physicians--committed in unison to shfting the stigma of addiction and treating it as the disease that it is-- and to learn about some of the initiatives and best practices underway in each sector.
Representative Todd Smola lavished praise on the Substance Use Task Force’s Community Resource Guide and Wallet Cards. He commented that the quality and value of the Community Resource Guide and Wallet Cards were above and beyond anything he has seen provided by anyone anywhere. This guide is available for free download here, at the Substance Use Task Force page.
Our chief speaker was Dr. Amanda Wilson, CEO and founder of Clean Slate Addiction Treatment Centers.
For more information about the community dinner, see Melissa Fale's excellent article in the Quaboag Current.
Here are quick overviews of the meetings; for full minutes and agendas, see the "Meetings" and "Task Force" tabs.