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Onondaga County Drug Task Force
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The Onondaga County Drug Task Force (DTF) was created by combining several separate initiatives focused on substance use and addiction in the community. With membership from over 50 local agencies, the DTF has worked together over the past two years to prevent, treat, and reverse the current public health opioid crisis.
 
Three-pronged approach

 

The Taskforce has identified a comprehensive approach to addressing the opioid epidemic. Three main strategies include:

  1. Prevent heroin use, prescription drug misuse, addiction, and overdoses. Ensure safe drug disposal, implement appropriate prescribing practices, increase community awareness of the opioid crisis, and reduce the stigma associated with addiction.
  2. Treat substance abuse disorders. Provide timely access to treatment and recovery options, as well as appropriate linkages to follow-up care.
  3. Reverse opioid overdoses. Reduce the number of fatal overdoses through the effective use of naloxone, and ensure long-term support. 
Each strategy requires a commitment from a number of different sectors.
Subcommittee Structure:
drug task force chart

In order to successfully implement the three strategies, a subcommittee structure was developed within the Taskforce. Each subcommittee has two co-chairs, and meets every other month to advance subcommittee goals.

Drug Task Force Co-Chairs:
Dr. Indu Gupta, Onondaga County Health Department
Barry Weiss, Onondaga County District Attorney's Office

Harm Reduction Co-Chairs:
Alexandra Punch, ACR Health
Barry Weiss, Onondaga County District Attorney's Office

Bridge Providers Co-Chairs:
Karina Davis-Corr, Belvedere Addiction Treatment

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Providers Co-Chairs:
Mat Roosa, Onondaga County Adult and Long-term Care
Monika Taylor, Crouse Hospital

Medical Providers Co-Chairs:

Dr. Indu Gupta, Onondaga County Health Department
Dr. Ross Sullivan, Upstate Medical University
Dr. Brian Johnson, Upstate Medical University
Dr. David Mason, Crouse Hospital

Family Support and Navigation Co-Chairs:
Donna Knapp, Prevention Network
Beth Hurrny, Prevention Network

Prevention Education:
Gail Banach, Upstate Poison Center
Joe Scripa, Onondaga County Adult and Long-term Care

Meeting Minutes

To work together to prevent, treat, and reverse our public health drug crisis
Our goal is to develop a comprehensive strategy that focuses on:

  1. Prevention: Preventing heroin use and prescription drug misuse, addiction and overdoses by ensuring safe drug disposal and appropriate prescribing.
  2. Treatment: Ensuring timely access to treatment and recovery options and linkages for follow-up care.
  3. Reversing the Crisis: Reducing the number of fatal overdoses through effective use of naloxone and providing long-term support
Mission and Vision
 
 
 

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