Opioid Awareness Night

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 3:55pm

The Town of Perinton will be hosting an Opioid Awareness Night at the Perinton Town Hall on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Perinton is partnering with the Fairport Central School District and the Fairport-Perinton Chemical Prevention Advisory Council for the event. The forum will take place in the Town of Perinton Recreation Center, located at 1350 Turk Hill Road. The parking lot entrance has a sign that states Town Court and Town meetings. Please enter the building by using the middle set of double doors, which are to the left of the flag pole.

Recovery Now NY is supplying a panel of experts, including Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter, to discuss the Opioid Epidemic.

Recovery Now NY’s mission is to provide resources and opportunities to help reduce the impact of addiction, trauma, and other related health issues for the entire community. They work to accomplish this through education, consultation, advocacy, intervention, assessment and recovery support services.

Opioids are narcotics that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. Medically they are primarily used for pain relief, including anesthesia. Other medical uses include suppression of diarrhea, replacement therapy or opioid use disorder, reversing opioid overdose, suppressing cough, and suppressing opioid induced constipation. Extremely potent opioids such as carfentanil are only approved for veterinary use. Opioids are also frequently used non-medically for their euphoric effects or to prevent withdrawal.

According to a Democrat and Chronicle story in July 2018, heroin and fentanyl overdose deaths in Monroe County increased more than 200 percent from 2015 to 2017, according to the Monroe County Office of the Medical Examiner.

The medical examiner’s office said that 220 people in Monroe County died from an overdose in 2017.

According to the medical examiner, Monroe County saw 169 overdose deaths in 2016 and 69 overdose deaths in 2015.