The Richmond City Health District offices and clinical services will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Also, we will be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018 and Friday, November 23, 2018 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
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.
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.
Thanksgiving and Food Safety
The Thanksgiving meal is the largest many cooks prepare each year. Getting it just right, especially the turkey, brings a fair amount of pressure whether or not a host is experienced with roasting one. Make sure your Thanksgiving meal is both delicious and safe to serve by clicking here.
It's Mosquito Season: Fight The Bite...Prevent Mosquito Borne Disease
Zika and West Nile virus are viral diseases that spread to people through bites of infected mosquitoes. Reducing the numbers of mosquitoes around your home and in the community lowers the risk for mosquito borne illnesses. The most effective and environmentally sound method of reducing the mosquito population is to eliminate the places (stagnant water) where they breed. Richmond residents are encouraged to dump, treat or remove any container on their property that can hold water and allow mosquito larvae to grow.
Learn more about preventing Zika virus at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/zika/.
Don't get bugged by ticks; they carry disease. Visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/tick-borne-disease-prevention-and-control/ for more information.