Sunday, September 10, from noon-2pm at North Church
What do I need to know about the opioid epidemic in Erie County today? How can it possibly affect ME? Simply stated, if you are a human being, it affects you.
We invite you to a free workshop at North Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 10, from noon-2pm, sponsored in partnership with the Buffalo Police Department, the Erie County Department of Health, along with Horizon Health Services and Evergreen Health Services. Register online today! (Participants must be age 16 and older.)
After the workshop you will be able to:
- understand the severity of the crisis in our own backyard;
- recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose;
- properly administer naloxone; and
- know the necessary follow-up steps.
The opioid epidemic or opioid crisis is the rapid increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioids in the United States and Canada in the 2010s. Opioids are a class of strong painkillers drugs and include Percocet, Vicodin, OxyContin and Fentanyl which are synthetic to resemble opiates, drugs such as opium derived morphine and heroin. According to the DEA, “overdose deaths, particularly from prescription drugs and heroin, have reached epidemic levels.”:iii Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescriptions.