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Author: Anonym/Friday, June 17, 2016/Categories: Events

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Opioid Conference Set For Monday

Bradt: County Considers Opioids ‘Top Concern’


North Tonawanda—Niagara County’s opioid task force will meet Monday in downtown North Tonawanda, the majority leader of the county’s Legislature announced today.

“With increased public concern about opioids and heroin-related addiction and overdoses, as well as the success that Narcan has shown in reviving people that have OD’d, we know this has to be a top concern for our government,” Majority Leader Randy Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, said. Bradt authored the legislation creating the county’s opioid task force.


A key state leader in the fight against opioids, who will be on-hand Monday, praised the county’s initiative.


New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Co-Chair Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said, “Working collaboratively with the opioid task force in Niagara County is a step in the right direction to curb the growing problem in our communities. On Thursday, the Senate’s task force passed a package of bills that would help decrease heroin overdoses by enhancing treatment options, expanding insurance coverage for addiction treatment, and ultimately save the lives of those struggling with substance abuse. The implementation of a Niagara County task force shows the significance of having local, state and federal officials, experts, law enforcement and victims work together on all fronts to help to put the issue front and center and effectively respond to the opiate crisis.”


Bradt will bring members of the county’s OASIS (Opioid Addiction/Overdose Strategy Implementation Standing Committee) to join city officials and first responders at the North Tonawanda Fire Headquarters, 495 Zimmerman St., at 5:30 p.m.


“We want to develop a comprehensive opioid strategy across every community in this county,” Bradt said. “Our county Mental Health Department has estimated that less than 15 percent of individuals who need treatment actually seek services.” 


Bradt also noted the Mental Health Department had, since 2010, measured a three-fold increase in individuals with heroin addiction as a primary diagnosis.



Who:  Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, Majority Leader Randy Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, OASIS Committee Chairman David E. Godfrey, R-Wilson, Mayor Art Pappas, R-North Tonawanda, City Attorney Katherine Alexander, R-North Tonawanda, North Tonawanda Fire Chief Joseph Sikora, Director of Mental Health Laura Keleman, OASIS committee members, city officials.


What:  City, county and state leaders interfacing about response strategy to opioid epidemic.


When:  Monday, June 20, 5:30 p.m.


Where:  North Tonawanda Fire HQ, 495 Zimmerman St.        


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