The Richmond Opioid Task Force and Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are honoring International Opioid Awareness Day (August 31) with education and Naloxone dispensing events throughout the day.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include fentanyl, heroin, and many prescription pain medications. In 2020, 430 people in the Richmond area (Richmond City and Henrico, Hanover, and Chesterfield Counties) died of a drug overdose, with opioids contributing to 90% of those deaths. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose and save lives.
“This is a day for us to remember those who we have lost, educate one another on ways to support loved ones who use substances, and learn how to respond to overdose emergencies,” explains Julie Karr, Opioid Coordinator at RHHD.
Events are scheduled throughout the day and offer Naloxone as well as information on harm reduction, treatment, and recovery. The day concludes with a candlelight vigil at 6:00pm at McShin Foundation (2300 Dumbarton Rd).
Below is the list of events:
Brookland Park (2931 Chamberlayne Ave), 11:00am-1:00pm
Neighborhood Resource Center (1519 Williamsburg Rd), 11:00am-1:00pm
Deep Run Park (9900 Ridgefield Pkwy), 11:00am-3:00pm
Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (913 N 1st St), 11:30am-1:30pm
REAL Life and Family Transition Coaches (1111 N 25th St), 2:00-4:00pm
Daily Planet (517 W Grace St), 2:00-6:00pm
Monroe Park (620 W Main St), 4:00-6:00pm
Richmond City Health District (400 E Main St), 4:00-6:00pm
McShin Foundation (2300 Dumbarton Rd), 4:30-7:30pm