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Opiate Epidemic Task Force

Stay alive – test your drugs for fentanyl

Get free fentanyl test strips, xylazine test strips, and naloxone/Narcan:


Call 716-858-7695


Text 716-225-5473

Please allow 5-7 business days for above orders to be processed.

24-hour addiction hotline: 716-831-7007

75% of opioid related deaths in Erie County in 2023 involved cocaine mixed with fentanyl.

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24-Hour Addiction Hotline: 716-831-7007 

Get free naloxone/Narcan, fentanyl test strips, xylazine test strips and other harm reduction supplies:

75% of opioid related deaths in Erie County in 2023 involved cocaine mixed with fentanyl. 

The Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force was formed through the Executive Order 14 in 2016, as a response to the epidemic being declared a “Public Health Crisis".  This group has more than 500 members who meet quarterly to discuss.

Substance, opioid and stimulant use has caused thousands of deaths in Erie County. This epidemic continuously evolves and challenges people’s health and wellness, requiring an ongoing and proactive response to effectively address it. The Task Force commits to combating the epidemic in a peer-run model, advocating for increased harm reduction efforts, expanded access to treatment, and effective, unique reporting of overdose data to properly and quickly analyze the situation in Erie County. These efforts have served as an example for task forces throughout the United States.

More about the Opiate Epidemic Task Force 

Opiate Task Force Committees

Opiate Task Force committees

Seven committees meet regularly and report back to Task Force members at quarterly meetings.

  1. Rapid Evaluation & Appropriate Placement (REAP)
  2. Family & Consumer Support and Advocacy 
  3. Community Education and Prevention
  4. Provider Education & Policy Reform 
  5. Hospitals & Emergency Departments 
  6. Harm Reduction 
  7. Treatment Providers

Opiate Task Force Committee Presentations


To contact the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force, please email or call (716) 858-6382.