Opioid overdose numbers have been growing in the US in general, but a drop has been noticed in states that have implemented medical cannabis.
After US President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, steps to prevent the increase in the number of opioid overdoses have been taken.
“We cannot allow this to continue. It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction,” the president said. “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic.”
The size of the crisis is comprehensible only once you realized that nearly a 100 people die every day in the US from opioid overdose.
The Midwest region has dominated the numbers when it comes to opioid abuse and overdose numbers.
One such state is Missouri.
Last year alone, Missouri had had 908 opioid overdose deaths and 947 traffic fatalities.
This year, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported that up to September this year there have been 733 opioid overdose cases and 591 traffic-related deaths.
The hardest hit city is St Louis, which has recorded 125 cases in the city area, and 175 in the county area.
Most of the deaths registered were due to illegal opioid drugs such as heroin and fentanyl.
Residents of Norfolk, Virginia, will have a unique opportunity to learn how to stop an opioid overdose.
Norfolk Community Services Board and Norfolk Prevention Coalition will provide training to those who wish to learn to save a family member or friend from opioid overdose, free of charge.
Those who choose to attend will learn to identify causes and risk factors for opioid overdose, myths about overdose reversal, and more.
They will also be given a free prevention kit, and those which qualify will also get a prescription for Naloxone (one per household), courtesy of the Norfolk Department of Health.
Training sessions for those who choose to attend will be held several times a month at various locations and times.
You can register to join these sessions by filling out the paperwork on this page.