Opiate Epidemic Task Force

About the Task Force

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.

  1. Provider Education & Policy Reform - led by Dr. Paul Updike, Catholic Health and Erie County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale BursteinTask Force Committees
  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
  7. Naloxone Access - led by Cheryll Moore of the Erie County Department of Health   
Quarterly Meeting Presentations

Click here for the Committee Presentations that were given at the quarterly meetings  

Related Programs


Org Chart

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Phone: (716) 858-7690

Fax: (716) 858-8701

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95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

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