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: UlsterCountyOpioidPreventionTaskforce[at]gmail[dot]com


Ulster County Opioid Use Statistics


Siena College/Prescriptions for Progress - 2018 Opioid Survey Highlights



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

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

Today’s Heroin Addiction – CDC Vital Signs

NYS Combat Addiction Site

The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative: PAARI