Opiate Epidemic Task Force

24 hour Addiction Hotline 
  • Call 716-831-7007 to get immediate help, education, information, referrals and assistance with linking to addiction treatment services.
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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.

Task Force Committees:

  1. Provider Education & Policy Reform - led by Dr. Paul Updike, Catholic Health and Erie County Commissioner of Health, 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, Mark O'Brien
  6. Hospitals/ER ROI Project - led by Dr. Joshua Lynch
  7. Naloxone Access - led by Cheryll Moore of the Erie County Department of Health  
Task Force Quarterly Meeting Presentations
  • Click here for the Committee Presentations that were given at the quarterly meetings
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Program Contact

Cheryll Moore
Medical Care Administrator
95 Franklin St., Room 911
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 858-7695
Fax: (716) 858-8701




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Phone: (716) 858-7690

Fax: (716) 858-8701

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

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