Chester County is one of the wealthiest, best educated and healthiest counties in the nation. However, we are facing the very same opioid and heroin epidemic that is creating significant issues – and causing deaths – across America.
You can help!
Register now and support Chester County’s first Color 5k – a family-friendly fun run that will raise awareness and funds to continue to educate, treat and prevent this growing epidemic. Monies raised this year will be dedicated to funding hospitals throughout Chester County to study and coordinate a “warm hand-off" program. The “warm hand-off" program transitions those who have been saved from an overdose into long-term treatment and counseling.
What else are we doing here in Chester County
to address the opioid and heroin problem?
We have established an Overdose Prevention Task Force, led by our Commissioners, District Attorney, Health Department and Department of Drug and Alcohol Services. The District Attorney is taking a strong stance in the arrest and prosecution of individuals who deal the drugs (and he even notes that dealers now charge a premium to come to Chester County), while diverting addicts into counseling and treatment.
Members of our Department of Drug and Alcohol Services are going to great lengths to ensure that access to appropriate drug treatment is available. The department is also conducting public awareness events and working with County and community partners to educate the public on prevention and treatment resources, overdose risks and responses, prescription medication misuse/abuse and medication collection boxes, and other topics including insurance laws and benefits for substance abuse treatment.
Our Health Department is tackling the epidemic from a public health perspective, setting up an overdose death review team to track data, identify trends and make recommendations for policy creation. Importantly, they are focusing on the education of doctors and other health care providers on opiate prescribing practices.
Chester County Color 5k Everhart Park, West Chester
Saturday, November 5th (rain or shine)
Registration: 8:00 am
Race Time: 9:00 am Route Map