Over the last decade, an opioid epidemic has spread across the country.
Unfortunately, Cortland County has not been spared. From 2007 to 2015,
prescription drug treatment admissions in Cortland Countyincreased from
11 to 90, and heroin treatment admissions increased from 4 to 151. Due
to the scope ofthe issue locally, no individual entity or organization
can fix the problem alone. We need everyone working together across multiple
sectors using mutiple strategies to reduce the number of residents exposed
to this deadly epidemic.
This toolkit was developed by Cortland Area Communities That Care Coalition
(CACTC). The coalition
consists of over forty community partners including nonprofit agencies,
local schools, government
agencies, human services and health organizations, businesses, and others
from twelve sectors in the community. CACTC uses data to identify risk
and protective factors related to youth success/failure and evidence-based
strategies to address these issues.
In 2015, CACTC was awarded a Partnership for Success (PFS) Grant through
the NY State Office of
Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OASAS). CACTC is receiving a total of $627,300
over 4 ½ years with the goal of reducing prescription drug, heroin
and opiate abuse among 12-25 year olds in Cortland County. Cortland County
is one of ten New York State communities awarded a PFS grant. The partnerships
and strategies we are building here in Cortland will serve as a template
to be used by communities throughout the state and country combating the
CACTC partners are collaborating to address the growing opioid epidemic
here in Cortland County. We are enhancing existing efforts like the annual
medication disposal events, increasing access to Narcan, creating countywide
awareness campaigns, and developing stronger partnerships with physicians
and local law enforcement agencies.
This Opioid Prevention Toolkit is intended to increase awareness of the
dangers of prescription drugs
and other opioids. It also contains local resources and strategies on
how to prevent opioid abuse.
This Toolkit was developed through community partnerships and is supported
by the following organizations and community leaders:
- Cortland County Health Department
- Cortland County Sheriff's Department
- Cortland Police Department
- Cortland Prevention Resources
- Cortland Regional Medical Center
- Family Counseling Services of Cortland County, Inc.
- Homer Police Department
- Seven Valleys Health Coalition
Opioid Prevention Toolkit
(Courtesey of Cortland Area Communities That Care)