Date(s) - 01/27/2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Smoot Memorial Library
About 60,000 people died from drug overdoses last year in the United States, and experts expect that number to grow.
More than 1,400 people died from drug overdoses last year in Virginia. For the past few years, more people have died each year from drug overdoses than car accidents.
The Fredericksburg area has not been immune to the escalating opioid epidemic. Last year, 72 people in Planning District 16 died from opioid overdoses, according to preliminary statistics from the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Here to Help
In an effort to stem the rising tide of deaths, Rappahannock Area Community Services Board now offers REVIVE! training.
The free training helps individuals learn how to recognize an opioid overdose and how to use naloxone to reverse an overdose. Anyone who has a friend or relative using opioids should attend the training. Each attendee will receive a free REVIVE! kit provided by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The kit includes the supplies needed to administer naloxone. The opioid antidote can be purchased at pharmacies without a prescription in Virginia.
RACSB has teamed up with the Rappahannock Area Health District to provide free naloxone for individuals who complete the training.
“We see the impact of the opioid epidemic daily at RACSB. Many of the individuals who come to us for treatment credit naloxone for saving their lives,” said Deputy Executive Director Jane Yaun. “It is important for community members to know how to use the antidote. After individuals are revived, we hope they will come to RACSB to receive treatment to overcome addiction.”
To register or to learn more, contact Sherry Norton-Williams at 540/374-3337, ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.