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Governor's Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force Meeting
Russ Cooney
19:17
Is anyone else getting an echo?
Kyle Edward
19:35
I am not
Jamie Goulet
19:37
I am not.
Sarah Saint Laurent
19:41
No echo for me, but I'm using earbuds. Sometimes that helps.
Minister Jacquie Britto
20:14
no
Tim S
26:21
Does anyone know the status of outreach from the Hope initiative?
Jonathan Goyer
28:52
Learn more about Recovery Friendly Workplaces at www.recoveryfriendlyRI.com
James Rajotte, RIDOH (he/him)
43:03
Have to jump onto a COVID issue, but so appreciate the conversation today and our ability to mobilize and drive action. ~James
Karen Kaplan
52:02
Are OPC's illegal? do we need to have a aw passed prior to opening one in RI?
jtassoni
56:53
can the gov do a ex order and use the money for covid that was sent to RI to start- pilot program
Steve
57:54
Sen Miller has introduced legislation last two years on OPC/SIF/HRC
Colleen Daley Ndoye
58:55
I’m sorry I have to leave this call early. I wanted to let people know we (multiple organizations including Project Weber/RENEW, PSN, RICARES, PONI, Anchor, CCA, etc) are planning a statewide Narcan distribution event at supermarkets and liquor stores on International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st).  These orgs and volunteers will be fanning out across the state, 12 - 4pm on that day with the goal to distribute 1000 units of Narcan.  If people are interested in volunteering and joining us, please let me know. cdn@weberrenew.org Thanks!
Karen Jeffreys
59:53
OPC is a great idea. Did Miller’s bill make it out of committee? If not, who (individuals/groups) were opposed?
Joshua Miller’s iPhone
01:00:49
it has passed the Senate for two years
Minister Jacquie Britto
01:00:59
Im concerned about creating OPC.
Karen Jeffreys
01:02:13
Senator Miller, where does the bill die, and why? Who is against it?
Joshua Miller’s iPhone
01:04:43
I have a conflict and need to get on another call. House has historically listened to opposition, mostly law enforcement
Minister Jacquie Britto
01:05:00
OPC - seems to have join them to help them approach
Steve
01:05:19
no none has ever testified in opposition, political leaders and departments never engaged, the bill would set up a design task force
Minister Jacquie Britto
01:05:52
Rather than a chanimg of behavior approach
Steve
01:07:02
Harm reduction committee resisted as well
Minister Jacquie Britto
01:08:44
facilitated drug abuse does not change drug abuse. it is still drug abuse.
Machiste Rankin
01:08:49
There are a lot of former law enforcement members of our state legislature. Many of them tend to have a punishment centered mentality when it comes to drug use.
Minister Jacquie Britto
01:10:10
punishment centered method of dealing with drug abuse.
Minister Jacquie Britto
01:10:27
is not goid either
Laurie MacDougall
01:11:07
Hi Minister Britto, OPS are a chance to meet people where they are at and THE goal is to keep people alive.
Karen Jeffreys
01:12:37
And Harm Reduction is definitely a best practice model which OPC seems to fit into.
Machiste Rankin
01:12:45
The presentation spoke to the increased opportunity for people experiencing a SUD to get into contact with support that led to detox. That's a positive.
Michelle Harter
01:13:02
Absolutely Melissa. Thank you
Heather Seger
01:15:15
People can't seek treatment if they're not alive. OPCs serve to both prevent deaths and provide immediate access to support/treatment options
Jeffrey Bratberg
01:15:28
https://www.wired.com/story/a-new-survey-links-vaping-to-higher-covid-19-risk/?bxid=5bd66d5a2ddf9c619437eb0c&cndid=9611717&esrc=Wired_etl_load&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_DAILY_ZZ&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_content=A&utm_mailing=WIR_Daily_081120&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_term=list1_p1
Jeffrey Bratberg
01:15:57
New study - 5-7x risk to test positive for COVID-19 among 13-24 year olds who vape
Minister Jacquie Britto
01:17:17
Saving lives is imperative. Behavior change is even more imperative
Karen Jeffreys
01:17:31
I have to head up to a meeting at BH Link but will listen in on the phone on my way up. Would love to be part of OPC work. Count HHP/BH Link in to assist.
Laurie MacDougall
01:17:48
You cannot have behavior change if a person isn’t alive.
Karen Kaplan
01:18:21
Perfectly stated!
Michelle Harter
01:19:11
wonderful Linda Thank you
Mary.Dwyer
01:19:49
Does anyone know if Insurance companies pay out for accidental overdoses? They pay for accidents that may indeed have been purposeful suicides for the desperate individual to financially care for their families. Just wondering if actual suicides will increase but be seen as accidental.
Mike Rizzi-CODAC
01:20:26
First, I am not speaking on behalf of CODAC but as someone with more that 40 years in the field of providing medication assisted treatment. Unfortunately, we have a history and habit of trying to fix something with methods that follow the "we've always done it this way" approach. The thinking that trying new strategies will de facto lead to a worsening of the problem rarely is proven in reality. We should look at OPCs as opportunities to engage, inform, educate. Not doing so supports the belief that it's better to push people away than to save lives.
Diane Dufresne
01:22:15
Well said!
Minister Jacquie Britto
01:27:02
living sober is living
Michelle McKenzie
01:27:30
This is such a great conversation!! Minister Jacquie raises issues that will definitely be raised by others. Efforts in Philadelphia have been significantly impacted by community backlash. How can the Task Force work to raise awareness, answer questions and share all the important research that has been done on overdose prevention centers?
Linda Hurley
01:28:10
thank you Mike
Heather Seger
01:28:18
Michelle, smaller Q&A community forums?
Linda Hurley
01:28:31
Thank you Marty
Michelle McKenzie
01:28:38
Great idea!
Linda.Mahoney
01:29:17
Thank You Marty!
Laurie MacDougall
01:30:03
Michelle, Law enforcement should be addressed first
Ashley Perry
01:30:25
Our state needs a covid response for people with SUD
Diane Dufresne
01:30:55
Yes, education in the arena of law enforcement is primary
Heather Seger
01:31:08
Agreed, Laurie! However, the conversation with law enforcement needs to be very strategic and done by the right person
Michelle McKenzie
01:31:25
Where to start with law enforcement?
Linda Hurley
01:31:35
We have seen no increase in fatal overdose in our treatment community which may speak to treatment works. A mobile unit for OPC, for treatment is critical. CODAC has been attempting to provide this service. Where is the political will to save lives outside of this group? what can we do?
Laurie MacDougall
01:31:37
What kind of research is out there on community engagement on the topic of OPs
Laurie MacDougall
01:31:54
Heather, agreed.
Diane Dufresne
01:31:57
Hope Initiative?
Jody Rich
01:32:22
wuestion for Martywhat is your take on the use of methadone and Buprenorphine to treat people with opioid use disorder?
Heather Seger
01:32:40
It should be done in the municipal world, not just from State Police (HOPE)
Diane Dufresne
01:33:07
I'm just suggesting to start there....
Machiste Rankin
01:33:24
The law enforcement conversation will come down to money. If there is a huge decriminalization push, that means fewer manpower hours. Less of a need for officers. Less money for their budgets.
M Madden
01:33:30
Also I would like to add that Bridgemark has also been proudly serving the deaf community for over 35 years
Linda Hurley
01:34:19
Thank you Senator Miller as always
Michelle McKenzie
01:34:37
Maybe the Attorney General's Office too?
Heather Seger
01:34:42
Yes, thank you Senator!
M Madden
01:34:48
I personally and here at Bridgemark support the use of MAT
Laurie MacDougall
01:34:56
Thank you Senator Miller
Heather Seger
01:35:06
Your leadership is always so important and appreciated
Diane Dufresne
01:36:29
Attorney General is also a good start....I have met with the office on a similar topic, he is well aware & I believe supportive
Gordon Smith
01:37:39
Thank you all for letting the State of Maine join you again this morning. As Maine's Opioid Response Director I was invited to visit the OPC's in Montreal about one year ago. I was very impressed with the way that Canada approaches harm reduction. They were saving lives and that was their objective. They were rarely linking people to recovery but were providing primary care at the sites as well as providing a safe space to consume under medical supervision.
Elizabeth Samuels
01:39:16
Great point, Mike
Ryan Erickson
01:39:48
Thanks Mike!
Linda Hurley
01:39:49
OPC's are a point of intervention. The data from Switzerland is really compelling on this.
Laurie MacDougall
01:39:51
Thank you Mike
Jonathan Goyer
01:40:00
Congrats again to the newly designated Recovery Friendly Workplaces! It’s time for all employers to identify an effective role that they play in reducing overdose deaths and increasing access toand support for people in recovery. Learn more at www.recoveryfriendlyRI.com
Tom Coderre
01:42:53
bring back the Task Force challenge! Sounds like this month's is to participate in Overdose Awareness Day by helping to get 1000 doses of Naloxone into the community. Great job Rhode Island!
Machiste Rankin
01:43:01
RICARES hands out Naloxone and Fentanyl test strips in Kennedy Plaza on a daily basis.
Jeffrey Bratberg
01:43:11
You can also call any RI CVS or Walgreens and have naloxone filled and delivered to you via the standing order
Carol Hall-Walker
01:44:59
Further discussion on sustainable funding for housing, outreach, OPCs and strategies to get there. Thank you.
Laurie MacDougall
01:45:05
Agreed Tom, I for one am going to take on the challenge!
Elizabeth Samuels
01:45:20
Thank you everyone!
Linda.Mahoney
01:45:24
Open beds for recovery housing today!
Tommy Joyce
01:45:32
Naloxone/Narcan is available at all the Recovery Community Centers around the state. East Bay Recovery Center has converted a old phone booth in front of center into a public Narcan booth for 24 hour Narcan access with free kits
Linda.Mahoney
01:45:40
Task Force challenge..everyone has a Narcan kit
Lee Ann Keeler
01:45:46
Thank you everyone!!
Obed Papp
01:45:48
Great meeting!!