News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, October 11, 2019
OFIP sponsors potluck supper, conversation on harm reduction

As part of its educational series on opioid use disorder, the Opiate-Free Island Partnership will sponsor a community conversation on harm reduction as it applies to substance abuse. This will take place on October 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community of Christ Church, 91 South Burnt Cove Road in Stonington. The conversation will be led by Willow Yerxa, Regional Manager, Health Equity Alliance, and facilitated by Ashley Pesek, OFIP Program Director.

Yerxa will discuss Narcan use, fentanyl test strips, and needle exchanges. This community gathering will provide an opportunity to openly explore the pros and cons of these strategies. For more information, call Pesek at 367-5850 or email />

A potluck supper will be served. Bring a dish to share or come as you are and have dinner on OFIP. Pizza will be provided and a playroom will be available for kids. Everyone is welcome and no RSVP is needed. Weather cancellations will follow Deer Isle-Stonington schools’ evening activities policy.

OFIP was formed in 2017 and works to connect the Deer Isle-Stonington community to the best available opiate use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.