Ulster County Opioid Prevention Task Force


The Ulster County Opioid Prevention Taskforce (UCOPTF) was created by direction of County Executive Mike Hein to conduct a comprehensive review of the strategy surrounding opioid prevention and use in Ulster County. It is a communitywide, multi-sector leadership coalition that is closely examining the issue within 3 main areas: reducing supply, reducing demand, and improving treatment and recovery services.

The goal of UCOPTF is to create a results-oriented plan of action that will reduce opioid overdoses and fatalities in Ulster County by 50%, within a 2-year time period, starting from when the approved action plan is initiated. UCOPTF will investigate effective, best and promising practices, along with evidence-based strategies that either exist here in Ulster County or elsewhere, that can either be enhanced or implemented and that will have a significant impact on meeting overall goals.

This site is designed to keep Task Force member, as well as members of the public, informed about Task Force activities and will also be a repository for minutes, research, external links and other relevant information.


“The most cost-effective and humane way to address the opioid epidemic is through prevention and partnerships”

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH



Contact us at:UCOpioidTaskForce[at]gmail[dot]com


Ulster County Opioid Use Statistics

UC Opioid Statistic Graphs

Ulster Prevention Council 2016-17 Youth Development Survey (7-12 grade substance use trends/attitudes)


Siena College/Prescriptions for Progress - 2018 Opioid Survey Highlights

NYSDOH/Siena College Public Opinion Survey Summary/Opioid Use



Initial Meeting (05.24.18) Materials and Information:

Meeting Agenda 05.24.18

Opening Presentation - The Opioid Epidemic - Carol Smith, MD, MPH, UC Commissioner of Health and Mental Health

What Addiction Is (and Is Not) - J. Kurt Grovenburg, MD, Addiction Medicine Specialist, UC Medical Examiner

Reviewing and Improving Opioid Use Prevention Strategy in UC - A Public Health Approach, Vincent Martello, UCDOH-MH - Director of Community Health Relations

Local and National Summary of Actions/Interventions

Action Development Tool

Action/Intervention Inventory Spreadsheet

Workgroup Meeting Notes to Be Posted Shortly



Research Links

NYS – Governor’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force Report

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Combat the Heroin and Opioid Crisis

NYS Joint Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction – 2016 Report & Recommendations

The President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Ulster Prevention Council 2017 Annual Report

SAMSHA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

Franklin County (Ohio) Opiate Action Plan

Vermont Opioid Coordination Council – Initial Report January 2018

Northern Kentucky’s Collective Response to the Heroin Epidemic – Plan for Recovery

Maryland Opioid Overdose Prevention Plan

Prescription Drug Abuse Strategies to Stop the Epidemic 2013 – Trust for America’s Health

A Prescription for Action – Local Leadership in Ending the Opioid Crisis – National League of Cities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- What Works for Health Alcohol and Drug Use

Ulster Coalition Against Narcotics (UCAN) Report to the Legislature - 2015

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

CDC Rx Awareness Campaign

Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing

Cautious, Evidence-Based Opioid Prescribing

Today’s Heroin Addiction – CDC Vital Signs

NYS Combat Addiction Site

The Opioid Epidemic - presentation by Oracle Corporation/American Public Human Health Association

The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative: PAARI