Brandon Cares

Actively encouraging addiction free living through

education,

outreach,

and access to treatment and recovery

 

 

Who are we?

We are your friends and neighbors in the Brandon area (Sudbury, Whiting, Goshen, Leicester, Pittsford, etc). We are concerned about the distress we see in our community due to the prevalence of opiate addiction. We envision a strong heathy, drug free community. We have no affiliation with religious organizations, treatment programs, or agencies.

 What are we all about?

          Our focus is on opiate addiction and what we, as a community, can do to promote understanding of this devastating disease, encourage healthy choices, make treatment and recovery more accessible, and, above all, keep people healthy and alive.

When and where can I learn more?

          Go to Facebook at Brandon Cares.

www.facebook.com/BrandonVTCares

On it you will find information about upcoming and ongoing activities. You will also find interesting and informative articles related to drug addiction and recovery.
Our email is brandonvtcares@gmail.com.
We meet on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at various locations. Please email us for info. All are welcome to attend.

Why do we meet?

          We coordinate activities and share information with Boys and Girls Club, local police and schools, Turning Point of Addison Co., Burlington Labs, Rutland Area Prevention Coalition, ADAP, local physicians and other like-minded groups. We plan educational and outreach activities such as community forums and Narcan distribution nights. (Narcan is an overdose reversal kit.)

How can I get involved?

Come to our meetings. Follow us on Facebook. Attend our events. (Often at our events we need helpers to set up and take down chairs, and displays, to help with food, or man our information booth.) Give us feedback and suggestions to consider as we continue to plan events for our community that increase awareness and understanding of the opiate addiction problem in our area. Make a donation to help fund these events.

 

Initiatives

 

  • Movie, The Hungry Heart with community forum following
  • Information Station, for answers and guidance to many addiction questions
  • Community Forum: guest speakers Dr. John Dick, and Kyle and Pat two young men on a path of addiction recovery
  • Keeping Yourself and Your Prescriptions Safe, presentation at Senior Center
  • Narcan free distribution night with Turning Point of Addison County
  • Ongoing efforts to make Narcan available at local pharmacies
  • Community Forum: Addiction: The Why, The How and the What Now, guest speaker, Michael Nerney
  • Facebook page with links to articles and information about addiction
  • Community Forum: Motherhood and Addiction, guest speakers, Clay Gilbert of the Rutland Evergreen Center BAMBI project, Kate and Laura, two young moms in recovery,
  • Ongoing support of Medically Assisted Treatment Program in Brandon
  • Ongoing coordination with Burlington Labs to provide rides to treatment and meeting