Small Towns of Hope: Update on Local Community Opioid Education Dinners

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By Chapel Taylor-Olsen, BA; and Ashley Yaugher, PhD

The USU Extension HEART Initiative and Carbon & Emery Opioid & Substance Use Coalition just wrapped up the final event of the 2021/2022 Community Opioid Education Dinner series this week (3/24) to an enthusiastic response with full registration! We have completed nine previous events with a total of over 240 participants in this series.

Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees saying they “enjoyed every part of the presentation. It was fun and informative”; that they “started to see me in a different light”; learn “how to act in times of opioid crisis”; and “where can I find help on opioids and how to navigate the problem”, to name just a few comments.

There is a lot of interest in our communities to learn more about the overdose crisis and how we can all help support people with opioid use disorder (OOD) locally. Our communities are thirsty for knowledge to continue to give hope and these events have all been fully registered. If you missed them, luckily we have much of the event information available online on our website. You can see a full registered version of our Community Education Dinner 2019/2020 on our website (extension.usu.edu/heart/community-education-dinner) and a recorded version of our 2021/2022 webinar will be released as soon as possible.

One of our main goals for these events was to raise awareness of local resources to support people with substance use disorders (SUDs) and other mental health issues, and their friends and family. . To achieve this, a Local SUD and Recovery Resource Booklet was collaboratively created to connect people to locally available resources in Carbon/Emery counties. These booklets are available for download from our site and we strive to keep the online version up to date throughout the year (extension.usu.edu/heart/resource-books).

To learn more about OUD and our events, visit our website. Also keep an eye on our website for information on the next series we will be offering (extension.usu.edu/heart). All USU Extensions Events to come can be viewed on the USU Extension Upcoming Events Calendar (extension.usu.edu/calendar).



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