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Happy Friday from some of our OORP team members!
Mercer Council Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) team members met this afternoon for their November staff meeting.
OORP’s trained and uniquely qualified Recovery Specialists (Peers) are individuals with lived experience who are in recovery from substance related challenges. Peers are dispatched to Mercer County hospitals/emergency departments to meet bedside with individuals experiencing opioid related challenges. Recovery Specialists provide support, understanding, compassion, empathy and hope to those in challenging relationships with opioids. Peers are very effective in working with individuals at various stages of substance use, in this case related to opioids, due to their first hand knowledge, ability to relate and aptitude to meet the person where they are.
The OORP Team (Recovery Specialists and Patient Navigator) engage individuals for a minimum of 8 weeks. During that time, linkages are made to relevant/appropriate services, including but not limited to withdrawal management, substance use disorder treatment, medication assisted treatment, recovery support services and additional supportive services including housing, mental health, social services and other programs or resources that will foster improved wellness, health and the attainment of recovery goals.
Mercer Council, through OORP, hopes to contribute to the decline in opioid related challenges in Mercer County. The team's goal is to link individuals and their family members with important resources that will help them reach their personal goals!
In addition, Saturday, October 26th, 2019 is DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day! Did you know that many individuals who have substance related challenges obtain prescription medication, often opioids, from the medicine cabinets of their friends and loved ones? To learn how you can be part of the solution and remove unused, expired or unwanted prescription medication from your communities, please visit https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.
Have a great weekend.