COVID-19 is not about to stop the GOW Opioid Task Force from continuing its vision of collaboration and engagement leading to what is hopes will be a community free from opioid-related deaths and overdoses.

The group will conduct its first virtual quarterly meeting from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 22 via Zoom, a videoconferencing platform.

“Now, more than ever, it is important we continue the conversation surrounding the opioid crisis,” Task Force Coordinator Christen Ferraro said. “This new virtual setting of our quarterly meeting will help us to do that and reach even more of the communities across our tri-county region.”

Ferraro said the meeting will focus on the topic of non-opioid alternatives to pain management. “Two local professionals have agreed to share their knowledge on this topic with an opportunity for questions to follow,” she said. “This meeting is open to the public and the community is invited to learn more on this topic and share any questions they may have.”

To register, visit Once registered, a confirmation email will be sent with Zoom log-in information and a link to join.

The task force, serving Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, has more than 350 members who represent sectors of the community such as public health, mental health, human services, government, substance use disorder treatment and recovery agencies, law enforcement, EMS, faith-based groups, health systems and medical practitioners, education, businesses, individuals, families, and individuals in recovery.

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