Reducing drug overdoses and overdose deaths of Milford residents by engaging a multi-stakeholder collaborative and obtaining high quality, comprehensive, and timely data to inform prevention and response efforts. See more information below on this intiative and how you can join.
Trainings and Educational Opportunities
Opioid Overdose Prevention/Naloxone (Narcan). Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a prescription medication that reverses opioid overdoses. It is a safe and easy to use medication that you can get from your doctor or a certified pharmacist. See a list of Milford specific pharmacies below. CT Medicaid and most commercial insurance cover naloxone, although there may be a co-pay or deductible. Learn more about Narcan here. For trainings on this topic you can find more information click Alliance for Prevention and Wellness and see more information on them below.
May 17, 2022 Narcan training
The APW is offering a Community Opioid Overdose and Narcan Training for all of the DMHAS Region 2 community. To register for this event, please click HERE or copy the link into your browser:https://bhcare-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0udu-upzMjHdNC-tccbp_h_Mg4oHNs5VCS. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
May 25, 2022 ADOPS training
Stratford Health Department will be offering Academic Detailing on Opioid Safety (ADOPS) training on May 25, 2022 at 11am. The program provides information about best practices related to opioid safety and is supported through a partnership with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Department of Consumer Protection, and the UCONN School of Pharmacy. The program will be presented by staff at the Stratford Health Department and it can be provided in person or virtually CME available along with $100 gift card. Contact Veronica Cortes -email@example.com Click here for details
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MATT's Van clients are seen immediately by a recovery coach and prescriber; prescriptions for Suboxone are written immediately on the Van with same day unobserved Suboxone inductions. The medication reduces withdrawal symptoms and the chances of a relapse. Clients will have access to a peer counselor, a Narcan overdose reversal kit, referral to a treatment center like Bridges, and transportation to a pharmacy to fill the prescription.
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Fentanyl test strips are a tool that can be used to prevent an opioid overdose. Many illicit drugs contain fentanyl, which can be lethal. If they test positive, the person can then think about changing the way they are taking the drug (using less or going slow), making sure they don't use alone, or choosing not to use it. Watch the fentanyl test strip video to learn the proper steps to test for fentanyl. Contact your local SSP or local health department for more information about where to get the strips. Information for Healthcare Providers and People Who Use Drugs
"Fake pills,” also known as counterfeit pills, are often being sold through the illicit drug market. These pills can be laced with other drugs (like fentanyl) that can be deadly. They are produced without safety controls in substandard conditions, labeled incorrectly, and have many unknown substances. It is important to be aware that a number of these drugs are being sold through social media and online, not just on the street. Pills marked as Adderall, Xanax, and Oxycodone can be pressed by illegal drug mills to resemble these prescription drugs. Over 25% of these pills tested positive with a lethal dose of fentanyl. The DEA has stated that the best way to avoid counterfeit medication is to take only medications prescribed by a licensed medical professional and dispensed by a registered pharmacist. Click here to watch the video
Alliance for Prevention and Wellness is contracted with the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to provide prevention and training for behavioral health and promote mental health services to 36 towns and communities in the South-Central Region of Connecticut, also known as DMHAS Region 2.
Communities include: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Derby, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Haven, Essex, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Orange, Portland, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, Westbrook, West Haven, Woodbridge.
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Connecticut State Department of Public Health,
Opioids and Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention
The misuse of prescription medication and opioid-based drugs has increased significantly over the years to become a public health concern in Connecticut. Click on the picture to visit the DPH website and find out more about the Naloxone + Opioid Response App (NORA), a free interactive educational tool that will expand your understanding of what naloxone is and reinforce initial training when a prescription is filled for it. Opioid overdose data also can be found here, including data in the form of an interactive dashboard, and data from the State’s syndromic surveillance system (EpiCenter), the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Prescription Drug Monitoring and Reporting System, and the Statewide Overdose Reporting Directive.
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Milford Opioid Response Initiative
The Milford Health Department was awarded the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) grant through the Department of Public Health. It is a 2-year grant that focuses on the complex and changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic and highlights the need for an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and cohesive public health approach. The purpose of the grant is to reduce drug overdoses and overdose deaths of Milford residents using high quality, more comprehensive, and timely data on overdose morbidity and mortality and to use these data to inform prevention and response efforts.
The Milford Community Opioid Overdose Response (COOR) Collaborative has been formed to assist the Milford Health Department and the Maine Medical Association Center for Quality Improvement with the CT OD2A grant. The COOR is a multi-stakeholder collaborative that is working to align and de-duplicate community efforts for prevention and treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and substance use disorder (SUD).
By leveraging data from various sources, such as the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the CT Department of Public Health (DPH), the COOR will assist in the development of a data to action roadmap that focuses on whole person care for someone suffering with OUD and/or SUD. The COOR also will develop a sustainable model of collaboration that will leverage these and other data for a more unified response to OUD and SUD that best serves the citizens of Milford.
If you are interested in joining the collaborative or have questions please contact Jennifer Clarke-Lofters, Community Health Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-701-4524.
Meet the COOR
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