First responders and law enforcement officers play a pivotal role in reducing opioid overdose deaths. These important stakeholders have asked to come together across county lines for quarterly meetings. Live Tampa Bay is responding and will help those who are on the front lines build an even more integrated regional response to the opioid epidemic by presenting promising practices, brainstorming solutions to entrenched problems, and identifying collaborative projects that would work throughout our Tampa Bay counties. We will be reaching out to first responders and officers across the greater Tampa Bay Region (Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, and Sarasota) to schedule our first quarterly meeting. Contact Jennifer Webb for more information.
Live Tampa Bay is also continuing to work with community partners to reduce stigma. We already shared our upcoming anti-stigma storytelling campaign, but we know that not all anti-stigma work is storytelling. Being open about sobriety and engaging socially to build supportive communities in public changes the narrative. Look for more fun events in the future to bring recovery into the broader public consciousness.