FDRHPO to Host ‘Community Opioid Forums’ in St. Lawrence County

Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) is seeking community members for open discussions about opioid treatment, recovery, and prevention in St. Lawrence County

WATERTOWN – The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO), in collaboration with the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, will be hosting two community opioid forums in St. Lawrence County this May.

Community members are invited to participate in the open discussions, which will help both hosting agencies gather input on local barriers to opioid treatment, recovery, and prevention resources in St. Lawrence County. Forum details are as follows:

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Massena Community Center
61 Beach Street, Massena

Thursday, May 16th, 2019
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
St. Lawrence County BOCES
40 W. Main Street, Canton

Our process at FDRHPO is always to analyze our community first, so we fully understand local needs before forming a plan and working toward solutions,” said Pat A. Fontana Jr., FDRHPO’s Rural Health Program Manager. “These forums are a great opportunity for those who work or reside in St. Lawrence County to tell us what is needed in their communities, and we hope to fill both sessions so we can hear as many thoughts as possible.

“Thousands of St. Lawrence County’s households are affected by opioid abuse and addiction,” said Dana Olzenak McGuire, Public Health Director. “As a county, we want to ensure we are doing everything we can to help these individuals and families, which is why we have partnered with FDRHPO to gather input directly from them. This kind of community input is invaluable and will help us direct available resources where they are most needed.”

Each community forum has capacity for 50 participants. All participants must be at least 18 years old and live or work in St. Lawrence County. RSVPs are required and can be completed by visiting www.fdrhpo.org/forums.

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About the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization

FDRHPO works to strengthen the system for health for the integrated Fort Drum and civilian community through analysis, identification of needs and leveraging of resources to fill gaps through innovation and collaboration. For more about FDRHPO, visit www.fdrhpo.org.

About the St. Lawrence County Health Department

The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department has been serving the residents of St. Lawrence County, New York, since 1936. It offers a wide variety of health services and programs to county residents, geared toward improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community as a whole. For more about the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, visit www.stlawco.org/Departments/PublicHealth/.

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