Greenwoods Addiction Outreach

Greenwoods Addiction Outreach

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We encourage everyone to have Narcan in your first aid kit. Street pressed pills are contributing to many of the overdoses we are seeing in Litchfield County. You can save a life, and give us time to help with treatment!
Our hearts are full! Last night Cub Scouts Pack 1027 Winsted, CT helped us put together bags for the overflow shelter. These bags included toiletries, first aid supplies, socks, snacks and more. We are also extremely grateful for all the donations we collected from generous community donations including tents, sleeping bags, back packs, snacks and more. On April 15th the overflow shelter will close for the season. With all these donations the guests will have some supplies to help make the transition a little easier. Thank you!!! Together we make a difference #neighborshelpingneighbors
If you didn’t get it from a pharmacy, don’t trust it!
Our friends at Hartford HealthCare are doing another clinic next Monday at the Torrington Soup Kitchen from 9a to 1p! We will also be there in our Outreach Van to distribute Narcan and other harm reduction supplies.
The important thing is you keep trying and you are alive to keep trying. We will walk with you and help keep you safe.
Su***de and overdose has taken several people from us this month. No matter what you are going through you are not alone, there is help available. Please reach out! If not to one of these lines, reach out to a trusted person, family member friend or co-worker.
This is an overdose prevention kit. Fentanyl is being found in all street purchased substances. If it didn’t come from a pharmacy you should assume it may have Fentanyl. Call or text us and we can deliver a kit to you at no cost.
Thank you for all the support so far as the overflow shelter season is soon wrapping up April 15th. Several people have been very generous donating tents, sleeping bags, socks as all the other items such as coffee and snacks. Next we are collecting backpacks which we will stuff with supplies such as socks, toiletries and first aid items.
Today is black balloon day. Please join us in taking a moment to remember all those we have lost. They might be gone but they are certainly not forgotten.
April 15th will mark the end of the season for the overflow shelter. 30-40 people will make their transition back to homelessness. We are looking to provide tents, sleeping bags and a bag to include socks, toiletries and snacks. There are several ways you can donate. We are accepting new and used items.

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Collection pick up or drop off call or text 860-485-7725

Or to make a monetary donation to Greenwood’s Counseling & Referrals 25 south st, Litchfield Ct 06759 please make note for overflow.
Dr. Laura Berman shares her heartbreaking story of losing her son. We have fentanyl test strips available and could be a good way to start the conversation with someone about the dangers of fentanyl. If it doesn’t come from a pharmacy assume it has fentanyl. For test strips or more information call or text us 860-485-7725.

We are Community Outreach and Recovery Navigators at Greenwoods Counseling and Referrals, a non-profit in Litchfield County, CT. We support anyone living or working in our county who is struggling with addiction, as well as their families and friends.

Operating as usual

06/10/2022

Thanks to the NW Hills Prevention Connection, we have two opportunities for CPR Certification & Narcan training at no cost. Classes are limited to 10 people, you must register to participate.
https://greenwoodsreferrals.org/event/cpr-with-narcan-training/

06/08/2022

We are starting a new weekly site in Kent! Feel free to stop by for free Narcan, as well as support and connection to treatment.

06/03/2022

With the increasing fentanyl laced substances, we encourage everyone to have Narcan in their first aid kit.

Litchfield County overdose spike raises concerns among recovery groups 05/27/2022

Litchfield County overdose spike raises concerns among recovery groups

In the Register Citizen today https://www.registercitizen.com/news/article/Litchfield-County-overdose-spike-raises-concerns-17203025.php

WINSTED — Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is making its way into drugs of all kinds on the street, and overdoses are on the rise.

That’s according to Sarah Toomey, lead community outreach and recovery navigator with Greenwoods Addiction Outreach, who said the current rate of overdoses is about 25 per month in Litchfield County. The substance abuse outreach program is part of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, which provides mental health services to individuals and families throughout the Northwest Corner.

“People think they’re getting cocaine, but it’s cocaine with fentanyl in it,” Toomey said. “They don’t know what they’re using and they overdose. When they get to the hospital, they have symptoms of a heart attack. So the hospital doesn’t always know it’s because of the fentanyl.”

Police activity

An example of the presence of fentanyl and other drugs in the area was reported in March by the Torrington Police Department’s detective division and the statewide Narcotics Task Force. According to the report, police arrested two people for their alleged “involvement with sales of several different forms of fentanyl, throughout Torrington and surrounding areas.

Police said they executed a search and seizure warrant and recovered 1,181 blue pills, which were tested and found to contain fentanyl. Police said they also found more than 100 wax paper packets with white powder containing fentanyl; other packets containing cocaine; scales, packaging and other equipment.

According to a May 12 report from the American Medical Association, “the nation’s drug overdose epidemic continues to change and become worse ... And now is driven by illicit fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, methamphetamine, and cocaine, often in combination or adulturated forms. More than 107,000 deaths were reported in the United States between December 2020 and December 2021.”

Alerting the public
Greenwoods Addiction Outreach provides people with drug and/or alcohol addiction with information and opportunities to find treatment. The agency also provides naloxone, a drug used to bring a person out of an overdose, to anyone who needs it and encourages them to have it on hand if they know someone in the household is using heroin or other substances. Narcan is a brand of naloxone.

On May 7, Toomey posted an alert on the agency’s page, saying “We are currently in an overdose spike alert. We have had 3 or more overdoses in a 24-hour period. ... Be aware, be safe, have naloxone available and don’t use alone. If you are in need of resources, Narcan, treatment options or support call/text 860-485-7725.”

Toomey and other members of the agency’s staff work with members of Litchfield County Opiate Task Force. Formed in December 2013, the task force is led by the McCall Center for Behavioral Health and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, with a membership including local elected and police officials, state representatives, the health department, substance use disorder and mental health treatment providers, people in recovery and parents of those struggling with substance abuse, according to its website. Members and other volunteers work with people in the community to help them find treatment.

Lauren M. Pristo, director of community engagement with the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force, said the increase in the use of fentanyl has been on the rise since 2016.

“It’s been surging ever since,” she said. “The vast majority of overdoses are caused by fentanyl. It’s popping up in pills, in crack cocaine. ... It’s a risk to many different people, not just those who use opiates.”

There were 275 fatal overdoses in Connecticut in 2021, Pristo said.

Toomey agreed that fentanyl is being found in other illicit drugs — heroin, and now cocaine. It’s also been found in pills that are crushed and snorted or swallowed.

“We’re seeing it a lot in pills (and) powders,” she said. “We have tested substances with a test trip. What’s scary is that a lot of kids are getting their hands on these pills and if they take something else with it, they could die of an overdose.”

“People aren’t recognizing the risks,” Pristo said. “A lot of middle-aged people are fatally overdosing; it’s not just the young, experimenting crowd.”

Maria Skinner, CEO of McCall, said the risks are very high for people who are using these drugs.

“We are certainly seeing the result of the proliferation of synthetic opioids in the drug supply,” she said. “Unsuspecting people may think they are purchasing a Xanax pill or using cocaine, only to find that a lethal dose of a synthetic opioid (there are many fentanyl analogues) was present.”

Helping people with substance abuse
Greenwoods and the McCall Center are unified in their approach to overdose prevention and opportunities for treatment.

“We are working very hard to get the word out to the public that an overdose can happen to anyone using substances, therefore Narcan should be in every home and fentanyl test strips used on any drug a person plans to use,” Skinner said.

“Greenwoods works with our program and partners with different agencies, to maximize our resources,” Pristo said. “They are partnered with Winsted law enforcement, and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has also partnered with Torrington law enforcement. At the McCall Foundation, we were awarded a grant to expand that partnership.

“We also have harm reduction rovers (a mobile unit of people) to go out into the communities they serve, following up with people who have overdose. ... We also have multiple harm reduction sites around the county to distribute supplies. The van is out there, with increased hours, expanded hours, so we’re doing as much as we can.”

Volunteers are always welcome to join, she said. “The task force welcomes community participation,” Pristo said. “We train and welcome volunteers.

“I want to stress that it’s through the work of so many community partners coming together that we are able to do this,” she said. “It’s an amazing unity that’s working hard on this issue.”

Skinner said she has heard people say they are afraid to help someone who is overdosing, thinking they will be exposed to the drug themselves. “You are in no danger of overdosing if you help someone experiencing one,” she said. “Please, learn the signs of an overdose, call 911 and administer Narcan (naloxone).”

“We also understand that loved ones struggle mightily when they have someone in the throes of addiction and they also need support, guidance and healing. McCall has programs to walk families through their recovery process as well,” Skinner said.

Prevention is key
One of Toomey’s biggest concerns is finding a way to stop the overdoses before they happen.

“That’s why we encourage people to have naloxone. Then we can save them, and get them in to treatment,” she said. “We average about 25 overdoses a month in Litchfield County, and it’s been upwards to more than 30. This month, we’re at 17 already, with two fatals. This trend is concerning to me.”

In spite of the statistics, Toomey and her colleagues work hard to keep the overdoses down. “It’s important to highlight that Litchfield County is the only one in the state that’s seen a reduction in fatal overdoses,” she said. “We’ve done a good job of getting it out there, and we’ve been able to save lives.”

If a police department responds to a report of an overdose, the outreach team follows up. “We work with the police to connect us to the families, or the individual,” she said. “Sometimes the individual doesn’t want help or treatment, so we work with the family.”

Much of what Greenwoods does is by word of mouth. “People will call us and say ‘We heard there was an overdose (at someone’s home) and we’ll follow up,” Toomey said. “A lot of family and friends are referred to us, and we get them into treatment; or whatever pathway to treatment they’re interested in. We can make recommendations, and help them through their recovery.”

To volunteer, visit www.lcotf.org .

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Night of Pride to benefit the new LGBTQIA+ Client Assistance Fund - Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals, Inc. 05/26/2022

Night of Pride to benefit the new LGBTQIA+ Client Assistance Fund - Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals, Inc.

Night of Pride to benefit the new LGBTQIA+ Client Assistance Fund - Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals, Inc. Join us for a night of Pride to benefit the new LGBTQIA+ Client Assistance Fund. Organized by twenty2 wallpaper + textiles as part of their Social Awareness initiative.

05/24/2022

In the past 2-1/2 years of our program we have given out over 1300 Narcan kits across Litchfield County. Occasionally we get to hear when our kits are used and how they saved a life. During one of our Narcan sites today a person we gave a kit to stopped to tell us they had witnessed an overdose and was glad they had Narcan available and they picked up another kit. You never know when you might be able to save a life and be a Narcan Hero!

05/19/2022

We have fentanyl test strips and Narcan available at no cost.

05/12/2022

You never know when someone might be struggling with an addiction issue. It could be someone you love. Stigmatizing addiction can be a barrier to someone asking for help. Let's all work together to STOP stigma. You can save a life by doing a few simple things.

05/11/2022

We are out in the community around Litchfield County 5 Days a week. Stop by one of our outreach locations for Narcan, addiction resources, support and treatment options.

05/07/2022

We are currently in a overdose spike alert, we have had 3 or more overdoses in a 24 hour period. The middle and lower part of Litchfield county has been experiencing an increase in overdoses this week and especially today. We help with harm reduction. Be aware, be safe, have Narcan available and don’t use alone. If you are in need of resources, Narcan, treatment options or support call/text 860-485-7725.
You never know when a family member, friend or loved one may have an issue with substances. Consider this before stigmatizing addiction, name calling and shaming others.

Photos from Greenwoods Addiction Outreach's post 05/05/2022

While Connecticut continues to see an increase in fatal overdoses, Litchfield County is the only County in CT to see a reduction in fatal overdoses for the past two years. The trend of substances in these overdoses continues to change. We are seeing more fentanyl, synthetic and opioid analogues and fentanyl laced substances contributing to these overdoses.

Photos from Greenwoods Addiction Outreach's post 05/04/2022

In recognition of international firefighter day, we thank all of our firefighters and remind you of our peer support program, firefighter and first responder support program. We never want there to be any barrier to our first responders accessing services!

Photos from Greenwoods Addiction Outreach's post 05/03/2022

Fentanyl is being found in all street purchased substances. If it didn't come from a pharmacy you should assume it has fentanyl. You can test your substance to help keep you safe.

05/01/2022

42% of street purchased pills the DEA tested had 2mg or more of fentanyl which is considered a lethal dose. Start the conversation, have Narcan available and reach out for help if needed.

04/28/2022

We have a new outreach location starting 5/6 for Narcan distribution in Barkhamsted. Thank you Brass Horse Cafe LLC for allowing us to use your parking lot and being open to this important initiative. Fentanyl is being found laced in all substances. Having Narcan available can save a life when you least expect it. Thank you to all of our community partners.

04/27/2022

All street purchased substances are being laced with fentanyl, we recommend everyone have a Narcan kit available. In the event of an overdose knowing how to respond including administering Narcan and providing rescue breathing can increase the persons chance of survival by 50%.

Your Chance To Help ... Donate Today 04/26/2022

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04/22/2022

Join us next Friday in Kent - we'll be distributing free Narcan from 2p to 3p. Thank you to Kent Wine & Spirit for hosting us!

04/14/2022

Now more than ever it is important for everyone to have Narcan in their first aid kit. All of our schools now have Narcan available, you should too! We can provide a Narcan kit at no cost. Call or text 860-485-7725.

For the full article https://www.statnews.com/2022/04/12/driven-by-fentanyl-rates-of-fatal-teen-overdoses-doubled-in-2020/

Photos from Greenwoods Addiction Outreach's post 04/13/2022

The snow has melted and the ground is unfrozen. We still have our emergency service yard signs available. These are $10 each and benefit the emergency services fund at Greenwood’s, to support any emergency service worker or volunteer struggling with mental health or addiction. Please call or text us at 860-485-7725 to get your sign. Thank you to all those have already purchased or supported our fund, it has already benefited several people!

04/07/2022

We are often sharing not great news when it comes to overdoses, spike alerts and what is happening in CT and in the County. We have some great news to share! We have been working hard and it has been an amazing collaborative effort. Winsted's leadership response is a great example of how important it is to address these issues head on. We are here to help!

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Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
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