In honor of National Overdose Awareness Day, Angels in Motion and Prevention Point bring the Remember Me Walk. There will be speakers at the Huntingdon EL Station, the Somerset EL Station, and at Prevention Point Philadelphia. A candlelight vigil will be held at McPhereson Square with a Pinwheel Garden where you can write your loved one's name on a pinwheel. There will be a reading of the names of those we have lost. Certified Recovery Specialists will be on hand if you need to talk or receive emotional support.
Philadelphia is facing the greatest public health crisis in a century. Every neighborhood in the city is being hit hard by an epidemic of opioid use and overdose. Across all racial and ethnic groups, the number of deaths from drug overdose is higher than the number of deaths from homicide. Of the 1,217 overdoses in 2017, 1,074 involved opioids.Opioids are a class of drugs that relieve pain. When appropriately prescribed by a doctor, opioids help the brain block the feeling of pain. Misusing opioids can cause addiction, overdose, and sometimes death. Philadelphia Fights Back The City is working to save lives, improve access to help, and reverse the negative effects opioids have had on our communities. To support overdose prevention, the City is distributing the lifesaving drug naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote. DBHIDS is offering monthly lifesaving Naloxone Overdose Prevention & Rescue Training. What is naloxone? Naloxone is a prescription medicine that reverses opioid overdoses. It temporarily blocks the effect of opioids and helps a person to start breathing again. Here's what you need to know. Naloxone only works for someone on opioids Naloxone cannot be used to get high Naloxone is not addictive Adverse side effects from naloxone are rare Naloxone is safe and easy to use It takes effect in 2–5 minutes More than one dose may be [...]