Fairfield CARES to host opioid crisis awareness events

Fairfield CARES Community Coalition is devoted to prevention against underage drinking and substance misuse, and will be hosting a series of events to help bring the community together and close the knowledge gap on opioids.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdose deaths have increased in all age groups. As the prevalence of this disease continues to increase, there is a potential impact on years of life lost caused by opioid overdose in the United States. Overdose rates are continuing to rise due to illicit drugs such as Fentanyl and Carfentanil; two powerful opioids with extreme minimal dosage, doubles the chances of an overdose.

There are a variety of different events through October that all residents are urged to attend.

  • Tuesday, Sept.11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Fairfield Main Public Library, Rotary Room, 1080 Post Rd.; U.S Attorney Heroin Education Action Team (HEAT). HEAT will inform the community about the opioid epidemic, with a screening of Chasing the Dragon followed by a panel discussion.  

On another matter of prevention, Fairfield CARES is supporting Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Join our teams and help us reach our goals to support these important causes.  

  • Sept. 15, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Fairfield Theater Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield; celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Walk like MADD. Two out of 3 people will be impacted by a drunk driver in their lifetime. Save $5 when you register with our MADD team.
  • Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Sherwood Island Westport, Fairfield CARES is walking to fight against suicide in the Out of the Darkness Westport Walk. Virtually 250k people in hundreds of cities across the nation are walking to support the American Foundation for Suicide Preventions to save people’s lives who are affected by suicidal thoughts. If you’re unable to join us for the walk please help us reach our fundraising goal!

Fairfield CARES Community Coalition, established in 2009, is a town-wide organization including parents, school representatives, local business leaders, law enforcement personnel, clergy, counseling professionals and youth services organizations. Fairfield CARES is dedicated to preventing underage drinking and substance abuse in Fairfield, increasing awareness of the risk of various forms of addictions, promoting healthy choices and behaviors to increase personal wellness, and strengthening community well-being and resilience.

For more information on any of the events, visit www.fairfieldct.org/fairfieldcares and/or our Facebook page – Fairfield CARES Community Coalition.

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