Tag Archives: opioid epidemic

Painting a Brighter Future

 Last year, we served 26,156 individuals. We provided help to people who wanted to change their future by: working with individuals to overcome addiction helping babies and toddlers meet developmental milestones creating a community of inclusion for adults with developmental disability teaching parenting skills to moms moms with substance use disorder working with homeless people…
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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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