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STOPP Outreach

Since we began our Southern Tier Overdose Prevention Program (STOPP) earlier this year, the first responders and local residents we’ve trained in the use of intranasal Narcan have saved many lives. But stopping an opioid overdose and saving a life is only the first step. Heroin and prescription opioid addicts need support and tools to break the cycle of addiction and reclaim their lives. We’ve started reaching out to our partners across the tri-county region to work together to create rehabilitation and treatment programs for those saved by Narcan. Right now there simply aren’t enough residential treatment facilities or addiction counselors available to help these people. New York Assemblyman Joseph Giglio has recognized the problem and has taken the lead in chairing a Task Force on Heroin Addiction and Community Response. Traci Reed, our STOPP Program Assistant, testified before Task Force regarding how STOPP is saving lives. But post-overdose services are desperately needed. In one case this summer, the same individual overdosed and was revived with Narcan five times by first responders. That’s unsustainable. Opioids, both illegal and prescribed, are highly addictive. If we ever hope to help people break the grip of addiction and survive, we need to provide them with treatment. In the coming months we hope to have a plan in place to provide post-overdose services to members of our community.


WCA SAFE

We had a very productive Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) quarterly meeting at WCA Hospital this week. Barry Swanson, Jamestown Community College’s Coordinator of Campus Safety and Security, attended the meeting. He reviewed JCC’s Sexual Violence Response Policy and we shared with him how the SAFE program can help his efforts to enhance campus safety. We are going to continue doing outreach to area college campuses and plan to expand our "toilet talk" campaign from Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April. During SAAM, we distributed laminated posters with clear definitions of consent, advice on how to help a friend, what to do if someone is sexually assaulted and how to contact the SAFE programs at Olean General Hospital, WCA Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital. The posters were put up in the restrooms of area restaurants and taverns and generated a buzz with people posting the messages on their Facebook pages. We will work with our partners at area campuses to determine the best way to distribute the posters. You can help too by printing the posters off our website and displaying them at your hospital or agency. You can follow these links to access the posters: What is Consent? How to Help a Friend. "No" Means No!! What to do if You are Sexually Assaulted. It’s important to continually reinforce the message that help is available across the region for sexual assault victims and that preventing sexual assault should be everyone’s goal.

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STOPP Outreach
WCA SAFE


It is the mission of the Southern Tier Health Care System to improve the health and wellness of our rural communities.

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