Overdose Awareness Day event promotes resources and organizations

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Leaders of community organizations at Litchfield County Opioid Task Force’s Overdose Awareness Day event on Thursday, Aug. 29. From left: Victoria Meaney from the McCall Center for Behavioral Health, Lauren Pristo from the Litchfield County Opioid Task Force, McCall Center Executive Director Maria Skinner, Liz Griswold from Greenwoods Counseling and Ralph Baker from the Litchfield County Opioid Task Force and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Opioid Task Force.

TORRINGTON — According to the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, it is projected that this year there will be 1,088 accidental drug intoxication deaths in the state.
Of those deaths, 1,022 are projected to be opioid-related.
This year’s projected accidental drug intoxication death rate is more than the rate in 2018 of 1,017 deaths.
In light of these statistics, the Litchfield County Opioid Task Force held its annual Overdose Awareness Day event at Coe Park on Aug. 29.
The event included booths from nonprofit organizations that helped with resources for those who might need help.
According to Task Force Coordinator Lauren Pristo, in Litchfield County, 50 residents died last year of drug overdoses.
“It keeps happening every year and we have members of our community that are still grieving the loss of their loved ones,” Pristo said. “We are holding this event to bring people together to support them and share messages of hope and recovery.”
Pristo said that 25 community organizations took part in the event.
“These organizations all help people with mental health, wellness, and addiction,” Pristo said. “Mental health and addiction go hand and hand with each other. Hopefully, the community resources that we have can help people.”
“What we are seeing with this event is community collaboration in action,” McCall Center for Behavioral Health Executive Director Maria Skinner said about the event. “Every organization in this area has a coordinated effort to help combat this issue. This is all about the coordination of resources and outreach to people in need. We need to make sure there is access to treatment.”

Community Resources:
McCall Center For Behavioral Health: 58 High Street, Torrington, CT. 860-626-3224 www.mccallcenterct.org
Catholic Charities: 132 Grove Street, Torrington, CT 860-482-5558 www.ccaoh.org
Community Mental Health Affiliates: 100 Commercial Blvd. Torrington, CT. 860-482-8561 www.cmhacc.org
Apex Community Care: 601 South Main Street #3, Torrington, CT. 860-453-0888 www.apexcc.org
Nar-Anon: First Pentecostal Church, 121 Beechwood Avenue, Torrington, CT  torringtonctnaranon@gmail.com
CHD: 59 Field St., Torrington, CT 860-496-1075 www.chd.org
Prime Time House: 836 Main Street, Torrington, CT – 860-756-0429, www.primetimehouse.org
CCAR Connecticut Communtiy for Addiction Recovery: 198 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford, CT 860-244-2227 www.ccar.us

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