Michael Mendoza, public health commissioner for Monroe County, recently received the first George Huther Jr. Memorial Award from Huther Foyle, a local addiction treatment provider.
The award goes to individuals whose contributions enhanced the lives of individuals, families and communities coping with substance abuse disorder. It is named in honor of George Huther Jr., founder of Huther Doyle.
“As our commissioner of public health, Dr. Mendoza is on the front lines of the fight against the opioid crisis in our region,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive. “He has been absolutely instrumental in helping us develop the Monroe County Opioid Action Plan. Mendoza continues to oversee many aspects of our plan, including awareness and education, increased access to Narcan, and leading the commissioner’s advisory panel on opioids. I congratulate Dr. Mendoza for this well-deserved recognition and I thank him for his continued commitment to supporting stronger families across Monroe County.”
Mendoza conducted 101 opioid awareness and Narcan training sessions throughout the county for various organizations so far this year, including nine school districts and dozens of local businesses. Through these training sessions, Mendoza is responsible for distributing over 1,000 Narcan kits to local residents.
The Monroe County Department of Public Health provides free in-person opioid overdose prevention trainings on the fourth Wednesdays of the month at 111 Westfall Road, Rochester, in Room 142. Participants learn how to administer the new single-step Narcan and how to utilize Narcan standing orders in pharmacies. An overdose prevention kit is provided to all participants.
Visit monroecounty.gov/opioids to register for a session or learn more about the county’s action plan.