Richmond City Health District


The Richmond City Health District offices and clinical services will be closed on January 18, 2019 and January 21, 2019 for the Lee, Jackson, King Holiday.


Opioid Crisis

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 relieversheroin, 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.

More Opioid  Information

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.


Current Highlights

 

Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults.

Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall. Learn more winter safety tips at https://www.cdc.gov/features/winterweather/index.html.

 

Make 2019 the year you quit smoking for good

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. Smoking causes immediate damage to your body, which can lead to long-term health problems. For every smoking-related death, at least 30 Americans live with a smoking-related illness. The only proven strategy to protect yourself from harm is to never smoke, and if you do smoke or use tobacco products, to quit.

Almost no one quits smoking the first time they try. Without support, it can feel impossible. But you don’t have to do it alone, and you can still quit for good no matter how many times you’ve tried. Call 1-800-QUIT NOW to find out more, or visit quitnow.net/Virginia for free, confidential support.  Also, visit a "Guide to Quitting Nicotine Products and Tobacco."

The Tips From Former Smokers® campaign features real people with compelling stories of their suffering as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

 

 

What You Should Know for the 2018-2019 Flu Season

Getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect yourself and your family from flu and its potentially serious complications. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated by the end of October.

What is new this flu season?

• Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating flu viruses
• Any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccines are recommended
• The nasal spray flu vaccine (LAIV) is again a vaccine option. Ask your health care provider about what vaccine is right for you

Learn more about what’s new for the 2018-2019 flu season.

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