Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.
Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
Visit the website for the Regional Opioid Taskforce: opioidsolutionsrva.com.
TRAINING RESIDENTS TO BECOME RESCUERS
Persons who complete the REVIVE training are given knowledge and resources needed to save a family member or friend who has overdosed on opioids. REVIVE! is helping people learn how to recognize and respond to opioid overdose emergencies by administering naloxone.
FREE FLU SHOTS
Richmond City Health District is offering FREE flu shots while supplies last. We are accepting walk-ins for infants > 6 months, children, and adults at our Cary street clinic (401 E. Main Street) between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday -Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Minors will need to have a guardian/parent to provide consent.
Our Resource Centers will take walk-ins for adults only (sorry kids) during clinic hours at the following Resource Centers: Monday: Creighton; Tuesday: Gilpin; Wednesday: Mosby and Thursday: Southwood. Visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/richmond-city/resource-centers/ for hours and location.
March is National Nutrition Month
Good nutrition contributes to your overall health and can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk for chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Simply making small changes to include healthy eating in your lifestyle can make a BIG difference. Celebrated each year during the month of March, this campaign focuses on developing healthy lifestyle habits and making smart food choices. Learn more and get involved at www.eatright.org.