Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan and Chautauqua County Community Mental Hygiene Services Director Patricia Brinkman say the two forums will focus on the growing epidemic of Opiate use and abuse in Chautauqua County.
The first program will be held on August 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon at Jamestown Community College’s Carnahan Building.
A second forum that same day will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Jamestown Community College North County Training Center on Bennett Road in Dunkirk. These forums are open to all community members and will focus on the same issues and topics featured in the initial Community Drug Forum that took place earlier this year. No pre-registration is required.
From the initial Community Drug Forum earlier this year came a Steering Committee made up of representatives from county government, law enforcement, mental health and chemical dependency agency leaders, media, and members of the business community. They developed smaller sub group Action Teams that will individually focus on Court/Law Enforcement/Probation, PR/Media, Treatment, Advocacy, and Education/Prevention. These Action Teams are open to the community and those interested are encouraged to join their efforts. For more information on how to join, contact Sue Hawley at (716) 753-4104.
For more information concerning the Community Forum, contact the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene by calling (716) 753-4104, or the County Executive’s Office by calling (716) 753-4211.