Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2021 will raise awareness of the overdose crisis and reduce the stigma associated with addiction.
Since 2014, in Pike County, there have been 100 overdose deaths. A pinwheel display in remembrance of those who have lost their lives due to overdose will be featured on the lawn of the Pike County Court House from August 23 until September 3.
In an attempt to combat the increasing number of overdose deaths in the County, on Overdose Awareness Day, the Carbon, Monroe, Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission (CMP) and the Pike County Substance Abuse Taskforce will be distributing Narcan at 10 Buist Road, Suite 201, in Milford from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you cannot attend during the timeframe, contact the Pike County CMP Office at (570) 296-1054 to schedule a pick up time.
Shannon Wisniewski, CMP Milford Outpatient Supervisor, says, “Recovery is a difficult process. Everyone should be able to access the programs they need regardless of insurance. CMP attempts to eliminate barriers by making resources and treatment services accessible at all levels of care. ”
CMP is also planning a celebration of recovery event on September 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Akenac Park in Dingmans Ferry. The event will celebrate those in recovery, those working towards recovery, and remind others that recovery is possible.
The Substance Abuse Taskforce is looking for volunteers invested in addressing the opioid crisis in Pike County. The taskforce meets the last Wednesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. Interested parties should visit www.pikepa.org/opioid to contact the taskforce to learn more.
For information about Overdose Awareness Day or drug and alcohol treatment services available in Pike County, visit the Carbon, Monroe, Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission website at http://www.cmpda.cog.pa.us/ or call 570-296-1054.
An after hours hotline is reachable 24/7 at 1-866-824-3578.