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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Cattaraugus County Leg. on verge of declaring a public health crisis

The Cattaraugus County Legislature in on the verge of declaring a public health crisis. In response, two legislative committees this week (June 15, 2016) are primed to approve the creation of a heroin and opioid taskforce. Lawmakers say the crisis impacts every corner of Cattaraugus County and overdoses and deaths are skyrocketing. If eventually approved, the panel would consist of up to 40 members. The taskforce would examine all areas of the opioid crisis including, but not limited to, opioid prescribing practices, access to inpatient, outpatient and community-based medication-assisted treatment programs, police-assisted recovery and the distribution of lifesaving medication like Narcan.


I. RESOLVED, that the Cattaraugus County Legislature does hereby declare a public health crisis in Cattaraugus County related to the opioid epidemic, and be it further

II. RESOLVED, that there is hereby created a task force of the Cattaraugus County Legislature to be known as the Cattaraugus County Heroin/Opioid Task Force to be headed by the Public Health Director and the Director of the Department of Community Services and include community experts from social service agencies, law enforcement, physicians, mental health and addictions providers, the health insurance industry, and members of victims' families, and be it further

III. RESOLVED, that the Heroin/Opioid Task Force will examine all areas of the opioid crisis including, but not limited to, opioid prescribing practices, access to inpatient, outpatient and community-based medication-assisted treatment programs, police-assisted recovery and the distribution of lifesaving medication like Naloxone, and be it further

IV. RESOLVED, that the Heroin/Opioid Task Force will serve to coordinate efforts of its members and have the power to create various work groups and/or other subcommittees to assist it in the performance of its duties, and be it further

V. RESOLVED, that the Heroin/Opioid Task Force shall meet every other month and report its progress to the Cattaraugus County Legislature on a quarterly basis until such a time as the work of the task force is no longer needed, and be it further

VI. RESOLVED, that the Cattaraugus County Legislature hereby creates the Cattaraugus County Heroin/Opioid Task Force to be comprised of a maximum of 40 members, which may include up to three (3) legislators, to be appointed by the Chairman of the Cattaraugus County Legislature.