In 2018 Greene County, NY, was identified by the National Institutes of Health's HEALing Communities Study in collaboration with Columbia University as a community with a high incidence of opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Greene County received a significant grant to hire a team to work with the community to provide training and community impact dollars to fund local initiatives to reduce opioid deaths by 40% over the next three years.
The grant could not have come at a more opportune time, as the novel Corona Virus, which has hurt so many, has had a particularly devastating impact on those who use drugs and those struggling in recovery. Overdoses and death have surged since the state-wide shutdown.
Beginning in April 2020, the number of overdoses increased dramatically as the economy shutdown;; thankfully, due to the efforts from local agencies such as Mobil Crisis and Greener Pathways with support from the HEALing Communities Study, there was increased Narcan/Naloxone distributed to those at risk. While overdoses did increase, deaths did not grow at the same rate due to this lifesaving medication.
Narcan/Naloxone is as valuable to the person with OUD as an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED)is to a person with a heart condition. That's why Mountain Top Cares is installing Narcan boxes throughout our community. Using identifiable stations, much like an AED mounted on the walls of a store, any person can find and administer Narcan/Naloxone.
MCC is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Specific information concerning the programs and activities for which contributions are solicited are available upon request, as are our legal and financial fillings. Please contact us at: Mountain Top Cares Coalition Inc., PO Box 895, Windham, NY 12496. Alternatively, this information may be obtained from the NYS Charities Bureau (www.charitiesnys.com) or by calling (212)416-8686.