SCOPE of Pain training coming up at Baystate Wing Hospital April 13. 6pm-9pm. Dinner provided.
City of Northampton Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative – put out a printed resource guide, was recently funded by MDPH, Cherry Sullivan is the new Coordinator. She will be invited to future SUTF meetings and we should plan to attend the Hampshire HOPE meetings as well to be sure our voices are heard and we are informed about its county-wide work. Under the HOPE program, Ware and Belchertown are participating municipalities and the QHCC SUTF agreed to be a community partner when the grant application was submitted by Northampton.
Key Stakeholder Interviews: part of the Baystate Mary Lane Hospital-funded SUTF plan involves a series of interviews to get community input from various groups including youth, parents, healthcare, law enforcement, etc. It's also important to practice this kind of data-gathering in preparation to apply for a Drug Free Communities Grant in March 2016, if we choose to do so.
The interview questions will be crafted by Gail Gramarossa of Collaborative for Educational Services (CES.) CES will also be conducting several youth focus groups. SUTF will likely develop a community-wide survey to get more data. Different forms of data gathering help us get a complete picture.
Discussion about meeting times: 8:30 am on a Monday morning is hard for lots of people, for lots of reasons. The Ware Fire Dept will have videoconferencing capability soon, and there's also using the phone to have people call-in to meetings. Useful? To be discussed further at the next mtg.
NARCAN Update: Gail has a meeting with Walgreens Pharmacy manager to see if he will sign on to the statewide standing order that other Walgreens pharmacies use to make nasal Narcan available OTC (currently need a perscription.)