Opioid and Substance Abuse Prevention
Click here for upcoming virtual Narcan trainings. We can also do free trainings for your Meriden-based business or group. Call Elizabeth, Public Health Educator, at 203-630-4228 or Kelsey, Prevention Professional at Rushford, at 203-630-5357.
It is no secret that in recent years communities across the nation have been faced with rising numbers of deaths associated with opioid use disorder. From January to September 12, 2022, Meriden has lost 17 residents to accidental opioid overdose. In 2021, 24 Meriden residents (1,531 total residents in Connecticut) died of accidental opioid overdoses (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner). In 2020 that number for Meriden was 37, and in 2019 the number was 23.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. A person with opioid use disorder may be using illegal OR legal opioids - both types interact with a person's opioid receptors in the same way and can result in significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.
The Meriden Department of Health and Human Services and community stakeholders meet regularly through the Meriden Healthy Youth Coalition to coordinate efforts and interventions in response to the opioid epidemic. This Coalition includes community organizations, behavioral health agencies, healthcare providers, Police and Fire Departments, EMS services, the Board of Education, treatment professionals, peer support groups and elected officials. For more information on the Meriden Healthy Youth Coalition please visit www.meridenhealthyyouthcoalition.com.
WE OFFER FREE NARCAN TRAINING AND MEDICATION DISPOSAL BAGS. Please call Elizabeth, our Public Health Educator, at 203-630-4288 for more information.
MERIDEN RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION, PREVENTION ACTIVITIES, TREATMENT AND RECOVERY:
- Meriden's MORR (Meriden Opioid Referral for Recovery) Program
- REALTOR® Education Flyer Also in Spanish
- Beacon Health Options - Medication Assisted Treatment
- Community Health Center of Meriden
- Child Guidance Clinic
- Medication Drop Box @ Meriden Police Department, How to Safely Dispose of Medication at Home
- Meriden Healthy Youth Coalition
- MidState Medical Center
- Rushford Behavioral Health
- The Connection - Family Support and Behavioral Health Services
- TriCircle - Hope and Support Groups
CONNECTICUT RESOURCES AND DATA:
- NEW JULY 16 - Call 9-8-8 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Operates 24/7.
- CT Dashboard is a resource for drug overdose deaths by year.
- Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Toolkit for Connecticut (CT Assoc. of Directors of Health)
- Live LOUD - Live Live with Opioid Use Disorder
- NORA App - Naloxone and Overdose Response App
- A new treatment program for young people who misuse opioids is now available (ASSERT Treatment Model)
- TrendCT data sets
- Buprenorphine Treatment Practitioner Locator (SAMHSA website, search by state)
- CHANGE THE SCRIPT - A statewide public awareness campaign from CT DMHAS to help communities deal with the prescription drug and opioid misuse crisis.
- Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Map of Naloxone Prescribing by Pharmacists
- Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - links to CT laws related to Narcan and lots of frequently asked questions.
- Connecticut Department of Public Health - Opioids and Prescription Drug Prevention Program
- Connecticut Open Data - Substance Abuse Data
- Connecticut Overdose Data by Town
- CT Department of Public Health Opioid Opt-Out Form
- Education and Support Groups (locations in New Haven, Hartford, Torrington, Waterbury, and New London).
- Open Beds - Addiction Services Bed Availability (CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services)
- Opioid Treatment Programs in Connecticut (SAMHSA website)
- Trends in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - AHRQ)
- CDC Sobredosis de drogas
- Meriden Pledge Card with information on safe home disposal
- Overdose Prevention Resources
- Center For Disease Control and Prevention RX Awareness Campaign
- Good Samaritan Laws and Naloxone Access
- About Narcan Nasal Spray
- Using Naloxone (Narcan) to Reverse an Opioid Overdose (video link)
- Signs of an overdose
- What You Need to Know About Prescription Opioids (handout)
- U.S. Overdose Data from Center for Disease Control and Prevention