On Friday, Nov. 3, Lancaster County Joining Forces hosted a quarterly community forum at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Lancaster.
Seventy-five community members came together to focus on the coordination of efforts in Lancaster County to address the opioid crisis.
The event included remarks from Lancaster County community groups as well as Commissioner Josh Parsons, who outlined Joining Forces’ five goals:
Saturate the community with unified messaging regarding the proper use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs, as well as where to get help for substance misuse and abuse and mental health
Strengthen community and individual efforts by increasing access to treatment, implementing prescribing guidelines and offering substance abuse prevention programs
Improve patient safety by equipping health-care providers with the data and tools needed to improve prescribing methods and increase the use of alternative therapies
Improve data collection methods and public reporting to measure efforts
Launch a comprehensive county-wide resources website addressing aspects of addiction
"The County Commissioners made Joining Forces an official effort because of a consensus it would be beneficial that everyone is moving in the same direction on the opioid crisis throughout Lancaster County,” said Parsons. “Our group has had a great start and is building momentum by coordinating proven best practices across the spectrum - prevention, treatment, enforcement - and making a real difference."
Materials distributed at the forum can also be found on the Joining Forces website. This includes information on where to get help, educational resources, community news and more.
The next community meetings will take place Feb. 2, 2018; May 4, 2018; Aug. 3, 2018.