BRATTLEBORO — A local hospital and the town’s fire station will hold a joint public forum on the opioid crisis next week.
The discussion, scheduled for Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brattleboro Central Fire Station at 103 Elliot St., will feature panelists from several local organizations. They include peer recovery support agency Turning Point of Windham County and Groundworks Collaborative, an organization that supports people experiencing homelessness. There will also be representatives from Project CARE, a town-wide initiative between the police and social-service agencies that began last summer to connect people seeking recovery with help.
The forum, moderated by Gina Pattison, director of development and marketing at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, is an open-ended community conversation; the goal is to not only let people know about available services, but also to have a discussion about the ways in which the opioid crisis affects Brattleboro, according to Taylor Wellington, the hospital’s director of emergency services.
According to data from Brattleboro Fire Chief Michael Bucossi, his department responded to 109 overdose-related calls last year, seven of which were fatal. This year, the department has responded to 66 overdose calls in town, two of which resulted in death.