The City of Medford’s Prevention and Outreach Office (which functions as part of Medford’s Board of Health Office) seeks your help!
A Community Conversation is being held Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm, in the Howard F. Alden Council Chambers at Medford City Hall. This event is an important and interactive way for citizens to brainstorm with each other to address strategies to change opioid use in Medford. It is open to the whole community, as well as, those in active addiction recovery, families who have been affected by addiction or concerned friends of past and present users.
Medford is dedicated to combating the rise in opioid use in our community. Mayor Michael J. McGlynn recognized the need for the City’s Health Department to focus on prevention, intervention, and treatment of substance use and addiction. The Health Department has been working closely with the schools and other community organizations on primary prevention and preventing first use of drugs for many years, and has had considerable success in the area of prevention.
However, this new initiative for how we address intervention, treatment and recovery supports, requires community input to be successful. The plan will include working closely with the Police and Fire departments as well as partnering with Armstrong Ambulance to create systems for intervention, treatment and recovery support groups.
For further information, please contact Penny Funaiole, Medford’s Prevention and Outreach Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (781) 393-2560. All are welcome!