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and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”Agnes Repplier

Why is There an Opioid Epidemic?

  • As of 2016, doctors were writing more than 289 million prescriptions“Facing Addiction in America”, U.S. Surgeon General (2016), 413 pp addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/surgeon-generals-report.pdf​ nationwide for opioids. These prescriptions were intended as temporary relief from major pain events.
  • Due to the sedative effects on the part of the brain which regulates breathing, opioids in high doses sometimes cause respiratory failure and death. As a result, 146 people die from opioid overdose in the U.S every daywww.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates​.
  • In 2016, there were 56,000 12- to-17-year-oldsSAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health. abusing prescription drugs in New York State.

Is It “That Bad” in Greene County & Columbia County? Yes!

Looking for candidates for Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) program.

We have some exciting news to share!

(Friend of Recovery – NY) FOR-NY has received a grant from Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). They will be administering scholarships for training individuals interested in becoming Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPAs)!

Certified Peer Professionals are a much-needed piece of the continuum of care for people with Substance Use Disorders.  These potential hope dealers live in your community!  Will you help us to identify and support them in the beginning of their new journey?

We have developed a comprehensive training and support mechanism for those individuals, and we’d like to partner with you to get the job done right.

Here is what you can do:

  • Distribute information to those you think would be a good candidate to follow through on the training and certification process.
  • Write letters of recommendation for individuals you believe are ready to become certified.
  • If applicable, host an approved trainer at your site to give the initial 46 hours of training (RCA + Ethics) and additional training as needed (Peer Professionalism, Spirituality, ER Coaches, Youth, etc.).
  • Host a (minimum) monthly learning collaborative for peer professionals (to be facilitated by the trainer).
  • If appropriate in your setting, take on a volunteer CRPA-P for the 500 hours necessary to get certified. (They will need to provide direct coaching services.)
  • If able, provide the 25 hours of supervision necessary for certification.
  • If you are willing and able to take on any of the above, please contact the director of education and training, Theresa Knorr, at FOR-NY.

Guidelines and scholarship applications will be made available on January 10th with the launch of our redesigned website.

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Don’t Miss the Signs of Opioid Addiction

Save a life by becoming familiar with these Physical Signs, Behavioral Signs and Items to Look for.

Please watch and share this powerful video and learn more at: http://ny.seethesignssavealife.org/.

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