PREVENTION DAY REFLECTION

PREVENTION DAY REFLECTION Archie Boone Jr. My first Prevention Day encounter occurred in February 2019, at DC-Maryland’s Gaylord Resort. Crowds of specialists, practitioners, government officials and community advocates availed from across the country to witness a healthly blend of CADCA / SAMHSA programs and services. Because PFS communities are well into the Implentation Phrase of…

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For 20 years, Norfolk’s drug court has used a different kind of justice to help addicts

For 20 years, Norfolk’s drug court has used a different kind of justice to help addicts By Jonathan Edwards  Staff Writer NORFOLK At first, the judge was skeptical. Maybe he even bought into whispers that Norfolk’s innovative attempt to help drug addicts was “hug-a-thug” court. “I thought it was soft,” he said. Twenty years later, Circuit…

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Just Archie opens eyes to epidemic in “Painkillers”

Just Archie opens eyes to epidemic in “Painkillers” By Josh Whitener This article was originally published in the October, 2018 edition of Veer Magazine. Josh is an Urban Music Reporter for Veer Magazine and Editorial Assistant for Hometown News Brevard. He also provides promotional web content for ItsJustArchie.com When Archie began his musical career in earnest, he intentionally…

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Norfolk sheriff’s deputies complete REVIVE training, using Narcan to combat opioid overdoses

Norfolk sheriff’s deputies complete REVIVE training, using Narcan to combat opioid overdoses By Rachael Cardin NORFOLK, Va. – A group of Norfolk sheriff’s deputies completed their “REVIVE” training Wednesday night as part of Sheriff Joe Baron’s initiative to get all his employees certified. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, there have been more than 1,400 opioid overdose…

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August 31- International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on  August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the…

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The Opioid Crisis: Pain and Progress

But the numbers here in Hampton Roads are more encouraging when it comes to people dying from opioids. While Portsmouth and Suffolk had increases from 2016 to 2017, the rest of the seven cities all saw their numbers decline. They ranged from 15% in both Virginia Beach and Chesapeake to a 35% drop in Hampton.

Overall our region had 17% fewer deaths in the latest data.

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