5 Things To Know In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 22, 2020

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to know in Wilmington on Tuesday, September 22, 2020:

#1) Red Cross Blood Drive At Wilmington Masonic Lodge

The Wilmington Masonic Lodge (32 Church Street) is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from 1pm to 7pm. Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment. Donors can also visit http://www.redcross.org to book an appointment.

#2) EPA To Hold Public Hearing To Solicit Oral Comments On Proposed Olin Cleanup Plan

The EPA is holding a remote Formal Public Hearing at 7pm for those who would like to submit oral comments on the proposed cleanup plan for the Olin Chemical Superfund site. The meeting will be held using Adobe Connect. Learn more HERE.

#3) Library On The Lawn

Would you like to browse and checkout books and DVDs?  Be sure to stop by the front of the Wilmington Memorial Library from 10am to noon to peruse several carts of both adult and children’s materials.  Masks are required and we ask all to respect social distancing. This event will not take place during inclement weather.

#4) Preschool Story Time At Wilmington Library

The Wilmington Memorial Library is hosting a Preschool Story Time at 10am. This storytime for preschoolers includes books, rhymes, and music. Ages 3-5. Zoom Meeting Room invitations will be emailed to registered attendees at least one hour before the event. Register HERE.

#5) Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition To Participate In Mass. Opioid Screening & Awareness Day

The Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition will be one of multiple host sites throughout the state promoting Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day.

On September 22, 2020, there will be a virtual town hall, where participants will learn from experts about opioid misuse and treatments, and will be able to take a free, anonymous, online screening for themselves or a loved one. For those who screen positive or still have concerns about opioid use, there will be referrals to local treatment resources, including those linked by Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition and the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline (800-327-5050). The screening and resources will be available prior to, during, and after the event at opioidscreening.org.

An estimated 275,000 people in Massachusetts currently struggle with opioid use disorder, but only about 10% of those people are receiving treatment for it. Tragically, about 5 people die each day in Massachusetts from opioid-related overdose. But the good news is that opioid use disorder is treatable and help is available. 

Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day will serve as a supportive community initiative to provide the public with opioid screening, teach about signs and symptoms of opioid misuse, and connect those at risk with local resources where they can get potentially lifesaving support and treatment.

The free online screenings are educational in nature and diagnostic. They will help someone determine if they or someone they care about are exhibiting symptoms associated with an opioid disorder and help determine the best next steps. Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day, a collaboration between Fighting Opioid Misuse and the Brigham B-Core Program, will also work to decrease the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder and help individuals recognize that they are resources available in their community to treat this debilitating illness.

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