Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and members of the community collaborative Litchfield County Opiate Task Force are working to reduce the harm caused by the opiate epidemic in the region. If you or someone you know is suffering with an opioid substance use disorder, CHH and the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force have developed a FREE confidential, individualized consultation and screening service that offers information and resources on treatments to assist with recovery.
This service is provided by a Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Certified Case Manager who has office hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the hospital’s Emergency Department or by calling 860 496-6381. During after-hours or weekends, those in need can call a toll-free 24 hour hotline at 1-888-447-3339 for assistance from the Mobile Health Team of the Western CT Mental Health Network.
The Task Force has also published a resource guide detailing treatment options, locations and contact information for area detox centers, outpatient drug therapy, residential programs and
medication assisted programs. The guide is available at the CHH Emergency Department at 540 Litchfield Street or the McCall Center for Behavioral Health at 58 High Street, Torrington. You may also view it online at www.charlottehungerford.org under Services/Behavioral health/adult tab or request a free copy to be mailed to you by calling 860-496-6719.
“Confronting addiction of any kind can be a scary and emotional journey for the individual and their family and friends. We understand how difficult it may be to seek outside help for those are facing a crisis and would like to support them in that decision. Please remember, treatment does work, and people get better.” said Garrett Deutermann, CHH Certified Case Manager.
Opiate abuse has become a major public safety and health issue in recent years. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
You can help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. You can bring your pills for disposal in boxes that are secured in the lobby of police departments, and are accessible anytime the department is open. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked and all the unwanted medications will be safely and securely destroyed.
Participating Connecticut area drop off sites include Torrington Police Department, 576 Main Street, Torrington, Thomaston Police Department, 158 Main Street, Thomaston, Watertown Police Department, 195 French Street, Watertown, Canton Police Department, 45 River Road, Canton, and the State Police Station at 463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan.
Items that CAN be brought and discarded confidentially in the medication drop-box include over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, medication samples, medications for household pets, and medicated lotions or ointments. Items that are NOT accepted are needles or other “sharps”, hazardous waste, thermometers, and personal care products such as shampoos.
For more information and to find a prescription drug drop-off box near you – visit the CT Department of Consumer Protection website at http://www.ct.gov/dcp
Founded by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the McCall Center for Behavioral Health,The Litchfield County Opiate Task Force (LCOTF) is a collaboration of professionals and advocates from a wide range of hospital, medical, behavioral health, non-profit, government, public safety, and private and public sector organizations that meet regularly to help address and reduce the harmful effects of the state’s opiate epidemic.
CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. For a full list of offerings and an online physician directory, visit www.charlottehungerford.org.