I have spoken to families, health care professionals, and people from all walks of life throughout Erie, and the number one public health concern they raise is the ongoing opioid epidemic that is tragically taking so many lives.
Erie is no different than the rest of the country in facing this problem, and just like other communities, the state and federal government have made it clear that we are on our own.
That is why I have supported Erie County’s collaborative approach with first responders and medical facilities, as well as counseling and the faith community.
But we need to do more.
No one can claim they have a silver bullet to ending this epidemic locally, but I can tell you that the one thing we must do is bring this problem to light. We need to discuss this in every forum and in a very public way. I will not let this issue hide in the shadows while our families and our community are being decimated by the cold grip of opioids.
As Chairman of County Council, I have requested a report by the County Executive and the Office of Drug and Alcohol on the status of current efforts being waged locally. The County Executive was exceedingly proactive in putting together the report, and I will continue to make sure that no stone is left unturned, and that we continue our relentless and wholly necessary battle against this destructive drug.
This report will be given at the County Council meeting on Tuesday, April 4th at 7pm in the Council Chambers of the Erie County Courthouse.
This meeting is open to the public, and will be available online on YouTube for those who are unable to attend.