HARWICH PORT, MA – September 14, 2020 – Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) today announced that it will be one of multiple host sites throughout the state promoting Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day Tuesday, September 22. The day features a free virtual town hall from 9am-11am where registered participants can learn from experts about opioid misuse and treatment, and will be able to take a free, anonymous, online screening assessment survey. The virtual town hall registration link and schedule of speakers is at: https://opioidscreening.org/virtual-screening-day/
For those who screen positive or still have concerns about opioid use, there will be referrals to local treatment resources, including Outer Cape Health Services and the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline 800-327-5050. The screening tool and other resources are available prior to, during, and after the event at opioidscreening.org. The screening is designed to help participants determine if they or someone they care about is exhibiting symptoms associated with an opioid disorder and help determine the best next steps.
Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day serves as a supportive community initiative to provide the public with opioid screening, teach about signs and symptoms of opioid misuse, and connect those at risk with OCHS health centers in Provincetown, Wellfleet and Harwich Port. Community members seeking treatment assessment and assistance from OCHS can call 774-209-3222 or email CRNavigator@outercape.org.
An estimated 275,000 people in Massachusetts currently struggle with opioid use disorder, but only about 10% of those people are receiving treatment for it. Individuals who misuse opioids are also at increased risk for suicide. Tragically, about five people die each day in Massachusetts from opioid-related overdose.