I’m pleased to report that the prescription medication drop box that was funded through the Western Regional Addiction Resource Collaborative has been placed at the Franklinville Police Department and is ready for use. The drop box hours will be Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 – 5 p.m. I want to thank Franklinville Police Chief Mark Slavinski for being willing to house the drop box at the police department. I also want to thank SSG Justin Chernogorec from the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force for picking up our box and dropping it off in Franklinville. This truly has been a team effort. We know this drop box will make safe medication disposal easier for community members in northern Cattaraugus County and prevent diversion and misuse of opioids and other medications. A complete listing of medication drop box sites can be found on the Cattaraugus County Heroin and Opioid Task Force's website.
Suicide Prevention Training
We will be partnering with the Cattaraugus County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Cattaraugus County Department of Health to host two suicide prevention training classes in the upcoming months. We will host safeTALK training on May 17 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m at the STHCS Training Center. SafeTALK is a three hour training that prepares individuals to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Social work and LMHC contact hours and CASAC credits are available at this training. We will also offer a Talk Saves Lives training at the STHCS Training Center on June 22 at 6 p.m. Talk Saves Lives is a one hour introductory training for suicide prevention. Participants will learn the warning signs and risk factors of suicide and steps that can be taken to prevent it. I want to thank the Cattaraugus County Suicide Prevention Coalition and Cattaraugus County Department of Health for partnering with us to bring these important trainings to our community members.