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REVIVE! 2019

Nearly 600 Virginians died from opioid overdoses in the first half of 2018. In the past few years, drug overdoses took more lives than car crashes or guns. In an effort to stem the rising tide of deaths, Rappahannock Area Community Services Board now offers REVIVE! training. One class participant shared: “I had no idea…
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Prevention Saves Lives

By Michelle Wagaman, Prevention Services Coordinator I shouldn’t be surprised by this after nearly 12 years of working at the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) but it still happens. I am often in a situation or with a group of people discussing a human condition or need for support. And more often than not,…
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Medication-Assisted Treatment

For the second year in a row, American life expectancy has dropped—a phenomenon which hasn’t been seen in more than 50 years. Researchers blame the opioid epidemic, which has led to soaring rates of drug overdose deaths, especially among younger adults. More than 63,000 Americans lost their lives in an overdose in 2016, according to…
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Saving Lives

On a weekend this fall, a man living at the Thurman Brisben Center collapsed in the bathroom. An employee of the homeless shelter noticed a needle near the unconscious man and knew she was witnessing a heroin overdose. Fortunately, she and the rest of the staff had been trained to reverse opioid overdoses just one…
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