PLAINVILLE - Wheeler Clinicâ€™s Connecticut Clearinghouse will host a Community Educational Forum on Opioids and Naloxone Jan. 11 to give out information on the state of the opioid crisis and what people can do to help loved ones.
The forum will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Clearinghouse at 334 Farmington Ave. The Clearinghouseâ€™s program manager, Aisha Hamid ,will lead the discussion and educate guests on how to obtain Naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an overdose.
â€śThis is an excellent opportunity for community members to learn more about the opioid crisis and to get helpful information and valuable free Connecticut Clearinghouse resources,â€ť Hamid said in a press release.
In additional to providing information, the forum is also designed to dispel myths and reduce the stigma regarding opioids and substance abuse, Hamid said. Guests will also receive information on how to safely store and dispose of medications and will hear about statewide efforts to address the opioid crisis, organizers said.
The state is still in a prolonged opioid crisis, with the number of people in Connecticut who die from drug overdoses rising in 2017 to more than 1,000. The final figures wonâ€™t be available until mid to late February.
The Connecticut Clearinghouse is a statewide library and resource center for information on substance abuse, mental health and a variety of topics. The Clearinghouse is run by Wheeler Clinic with state funding. Wheeler provides primary and behavioral health services for more than 30,000 people in the state.
The forum is free of charge and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to preregister if they are going to attend by visiting or by calling 800-232-4424.