August 27, 2021- The Richmond Opioid Task Force and Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are honoring International Opioid Awareness Day 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 on August 31, 2021 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

About Richmond and Henrico Health Districts: RHHD are sister public health agencies serving Richmond’s and Henrico’s communities. Our mission is to expose and address the root causes of health disparities, protect health by preventing the spread of disease, and build health equity by partnering with communities and working collaboratively across sectors.


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