City of Revere's Efforts to Tackle Opioid Addiction Featured on Fox25 News
February 10, 2017
This week, City of Revere: SUDI Office manager Julia Newhall was featured on FOX25 News discussing the City of Revere's efforts to combat substance abuse, in the wake of a recent spike in overdoses around the North Shore.
In October, Revere became one of the first communities in the area to launch a dedicated city department whose focus is entirely on tackling substance abuse.
The SUD Office's Drop-In Center is open on Tuesday nights from 5-8 to allow those struggling with addiction, or their friends or family members, to talk to recovery coaches and learn about options for treatment. The outreach team, consisting of city staff, medical professionals, recovery coaches, police officers and firefighters, goes out weekly to knock on the doors of those who have experienced an overdose to let them know that the City is here to help connect them with the services they need.
As this news story indicates, Revere saw a 26% decrease in overdose calls in 2016 - a good start, but we can continue to improve. Revere will continue to be on the leading edge of this work moving forward.