Opiate Epidemic Task Force

Important Information Regarding Naloxone (Narcan)

Task Force Overview

The Opiate Epidemic Task Force was created by Executive Order #014.  The Task Force is composed of seven (7) committees, which will meet regularly and report back to the group.   

Task Force Committees

Committee reports can be found by clicking on each of the respective committee links below.

  1. Provider Education & Policy Reform, led by Erie County Health Commissioner, Dr. Gale Burstein
  2. Community Education, led by Barbara Burns of the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, Western Region of NY
  3. Families and Consumer Support & Advocacy, led by Debra Smith, Parent Advocate
  4. REAP Program, led by Dan Rinaldo of NYNJ-HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area)
  5. Treatment Providers, led by Erie County Commissioner of Mental Health, Michael Ranney
  6. Hospitals/ER ROI Project, led by Dr. Joshua Lynch of Kaleida Health & Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Emergency Department
  7. Naloxone Access, led by Cheryll Moore of the Erie County Department of Health   

Task Force Quarterly Meetings

Task Force Publications 

Opioid Calendar of Events

Additional Resources

For More information about the Opiate Epidemic Task Force, please contact the Erie County Department of Health at opiatetaskforce@erie.gov or call 716.858.7695.  

Organizational Chart