August 4, 2022

Health officials roll out efforts against opioids in restaurants

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – In the fight against opioid overdoses and deaths, the Erie County Health Department is providing resources to local restaurants and bars.

From Buffalo, the health department provides free harm reduction equipment and supplies. These include Narcan kits and branded bags, as well as coasters with messages aimed at preventing overdoses.

“Although we encountered resistance from a small number of restaurateurs and bar managers, this resistance is largely rooted in the stigma surrounding substance use and overdose. This is an opportunity to confront that stigma,” said Cheryll Moore, director of the county’s Opioid Epidemic Task Force. “If Narcan’s presence on site means a customer or employee makes it home alive after an opioid overdose, it’s definitely worth it. »

To obtain these supplies, you can fill out an online form here. As for the rest of the county, health officials plan to expand this initiative by the end of the summer.

For more information on training on opioids and other substances, click or tap here.

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