Reports

Reports & Research from the Jefferson Educational Society

#ERIEOPIOIDPROJECT

The 2017 Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy Cohort worked together to produce the #ErieOpioidProject, an awareness campaign aimed at changing the conversation about addiction from one of demonizing stigma to one of encouragement and compassion. Several people were interviewed to show that addiction affects everyone; their stories are available below.

 

 

To download the 2017 JCLA cohort's informational flier on the opioid crisis, please click here.

To review the sources used by the cohort in this research, please click here.

 

Helpline for addiction: 1-800-662-4357 

 

Naloxone and Narcan: 

As defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Naloxone is a "medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications." Narcan Nasal Spray is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of Naloxone.  

It is important to know that in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a standing order for Naloxone to combat the heroin epidemic in 2015. Giant Eagle, Wegmans, Walgreens, and other pharmacies can provide you with doses of Narcan. Narcan often costs as little as $65 for two doses. To learn how to respond to an overdose emergency by getting trained online, please click here

 

Get Treatment: 

Erie County Office of Drug & Alcohol Abuse

155 W. 8th Street, Suite 418

Erie, PA 16501

Call: 814-451-6877 or visit: ErieCountyPA.gov.

PA Center of Excellence- Esper Treatment Center

25 West 18th Street

Erie, PA 16501

Call: 814-459-0817, or visit: EsperTreatmentCenter.com 

Gaudenzia Erie, Inc.

414 W. 5th Street

Detox Admissions

Erie, PA 16507 

Available 24/7Call: 814-459-4775 or visit: GaudenziaErie.org

What to Do with Unwanted/Expired Medications:

Currently, there are 12 Med Return Unit locations in Erie County. To review their locations, please click here.

The following can be turned in for safe disposal: prescription medications and patches, prescription ointments and cough syrups, over the counter medications, vitamins, medication samples, and pet medications. 


Please note that the following items are not accepted: needles/lancets/syringes, aerosol cans and inhalers, alcohol, peroxide, clinic or medical waste, and personal care products.

 

About the Jefferson Educational Civic Leadership Academy:

Launched in 2015, the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy prepares Erie professionals, ages 25 to 45, for meaningful, fulfilling, and impactful engagement in their community by providing a dynamic and unique environment that fosters teamwork, growth, and learning through a transformative experience for those seeking to be change-agents for their community.

Through the Civic Leadership Academy, students examine the inner workings of local governments to emerge as civic leaders capable of effecting positive change for Erie County’s future with an understanding of Erie’s past and present. With a close look at Erie’s economic, entrepreneurial, and innovation ecosystems, the Civic Leadership Academy informs mindful leaders of Erie’s post-industrial landscape while exposing them to global ideas that can be applied to Erie County’s overall developmental health and wellbeing. 

 

#ErieOpioidProject Campaign Sponsors:

  • Community Access Television
  • Connoisseur Media
  • Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • Erie News Now
  • Erie Reader
  • Fox 66
  • Jet 24
  • The Behrend Beacon
  • The Gannon Knight
  • The Meciad
  • WQLN
A Citizen's Action Guide to Blight

The product of the 2016 cohort of the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy, this document contains practical tips for hands-on activities to address blight, as well as resources to engage elected officials to create a policy to mitigate and prevent blight. To download a copy of this report, please click here.

Launched in 2015 as one of the three key initiatives of the Jefferson Alliance for Community Progress, the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy prepares Erie professionals for meaningful, fulfilling, and impactful engagement in their community. The Civic Leadership Academy provides a unique and dynamic environment fostering teamwork, growth, and learning through a transformative experience for those seeking to be change-agents for their community.

Through the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy, citizens examine the inner workings of local government to emerge as stronger civic leaders capable of effecting positive change for Erie County's future with an understanding of Erie's past and present. With a close look at Erie's economic, entrepreneurial, and innovation ecosystems, the Civic Leadership Academy informs mindful leaders of Erie's post-industrial landscape while exposing them to global ideas that can be applied to Erie County's overall developmental health and well-being.