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Continuing Education Home Study Series

The Pharmacy Role In Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Yates County is taking important steps to address the opioid crisis in your community and across the country by participating in the HEALing Communities Study. Learn more about the study, which is being implemented in four states.

Scientists from the nation’s leading health agencies and four major academic institutions are partnering with communities in four states to test a set of interventions to combat the opioid crisis. The ambitious HEALing Communities Study aims to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent over 3 years in participating communities. Technical details and specifics about the study design and how intervention success will be evaluated can be found here.

Research grant awards were issued to the University of Kentucky in Lexington; Boston Medical Center in Boston; Columbia University in New York City; and The Ohio State University in Columbus. The HEALing Communities Study is a multiyear study under a cooperative agreement supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The study is being carried out in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is part of the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, a bold effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid crisis.

Pharmacists in New York State are invited to attend this FREE continuing education

series led by a team of multi-disciplinary experts working to end the opioid crisis in New

York State. Continuing pharmacy education credits will be available.


Download the flyer here.

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Get Involved Locally

Spread the word. Help others in Yates find help and learn how they can get involved.

Other Ways to get Involved

There are many proven ways to support people with opioid use disorder. Some actions anyone can take to reduce opioid overdose deaths and create a recovery-friendly community are:

Encourage treatment for people with opioid use disorder.

  • Share educational resources. Spread awareness about the common signs of opioid use disorder so that people can identify opioid misuse early and prevent it from interfering with their work, health, and home life.

  • Provide treatment referrals. Share information about local health care providers that can prescribe FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder. Start by visiting your community’s page (click on the Find Local Resources link in our website menu) or looking at a national treatment locator.

  • Offer logistical and emotional support. Reach out to people with opioid use disorder and their families and ask how you can support them during recovery. Remove barriers to treatment by offering free transportation to doctors’ appointments, flexible work hours, and assistance with food, childcare, and other essential necessities.

To Learn More

For study information or to support the Campaign, please visit:

Sarah Beverly

HEAL Project Manager

Kurtis VonBergen

Communications Champion


Founded in 1973, FLACRA is a private, not-for-profit agency serving individuals and their loved ones in the Finger Lakes Region whose lives are affected by substance use, mental health, and other health related disorders.

FLACRA employs 500 full-time, part-time and per-diem staff comprised of program supervisors, credentialed substance use counselors, peer specialists, nurses, vocational, therapy aides and administrative staff – all dedicated to the individuals and families in recovery.

Our executive management team has decades of knowledge and experience and leads with strong commitment and dedication to the agency values.

For more information: call 833-435-2272 or email marketingandoutreach@flacra.org


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