Virginia has been severely affected by opioid abuse, particularly the abuse of prescription drugs, according to the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. In 1999, approximately 23 people statewide died from abuse of fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, and oxycodone. By 2013, 386 individuals died from the abuse of these drugs, an increase of 1,578 percent. In Virginia Beach in 2015, there were 135 documented heroin overdoses, resulting in 34 deaths.
The mission of the Human Services Department is to provide Virginia Beach citizens the opportunity to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency, safety and quality of life through an array of coordinated services delivered in a climate of dignity, respect and accountability. Learn more about Human Services at www.VBgov.com/hs.
In this episode of We Are Living Healthy, we will learn about the services provided by the City of Virginia Beach to help our community, services like:
- Lock and Talk Virginia, locking devices for medications and firearms
- Suicide prevention
- “REVIVE!” trains individuals to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of Naloxone, a prescription medication,
- Safe talk classes. The Department of Human Services provides citizens the opportunity to achieve the highest level of self sufficiency safety and quality of life possible through an array of coordinated services delivered in a climate of dignity, respect, and accountability.
For more information go to: https://www.vbgov.com/prevention or call to 757-385-0803
Did you know September is Suicide Prevention Month?
Veterans Crisis Line number is 1-800-273-8255, National Crisis Line 988.
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