9/26/2019 - Fairfield CARES News -- Invitation to attend and join
The Town Resource For Healthy Choices

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Death by overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. Recently released statistics by Connecticut's State Medical Examiner project that 1088 Connecticut residents will die by overdose in 2019. The majority of overdose deaths involve opioids.

As part of our town's efforts to reduce death by overdose, Fairfield CARES Community Coalition is offering several events in early October. On October 2nd, please join us at the Fairfield Museum and History Center at 7:00 p.m. for a Opioid Round Table/Panel discussion.

We are co-hosting a Narcan Training in the Library Lecture room at Fairfield Warde High School on Monday October 7th at 6:30 p.m. Narcan is the brand name for the opioid antagonist Naloxone that is administered to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Anyone, not only medical personnel, can administer Narcan and potentially save a life. Register to reserve a slot as seating is limited.

In addition, we are participating co-hosts of a free Community Vaping Forum on October 3rd at St. Vincent's Hospital along with the towns of Stratford and Trumbull - all are welcome. Registration is encouraged but not required.

The wonderful Liz Jergensen will return to Fairfield on October 17th for a parenting advice evening to help parents Delay their Gray! Mark your calendars and share with your friends parenting pre-teens and teens. This is an evening not to be missed.

Please come to one or all of the events - and bring a friend.

Click on the Flyers for details on each event.




On another topic, the Fairfield Juvenile Review Board is looking for new members. If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer, please see this link for information, along with the confidentiality agreement and volunteer application. When a case comes up, meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the Fairfield Police Department. The Fairfield Juvenile Review Board is a place where the community's presence at a Board hearing can really make a difference. In four years of JRB in Fairfield, there has been only one juvenile re-offend. Stats to be proud of.

We are still accepting new members to this year's Fairfield CARES Youth Committee. Please encourage high school students residing in Fairfield to apply. The flyer can be found here, and the application can be downloaded using this link. We are also looking for a young adult residing in Fairfield who would be interested in the position of Youth Peer Advocate (this is a paid position). The job description and application can be downloaded here.

Thank you for making prevention a priority in Fairfield.