BACODA PARTNERS WITH MEMORIAL HERMANN PREVENTION AND RESOURCE CENTER FOR OPIOID OVERDOSE & RESPONSE TRAINING
Brazoria County Community Coalition, of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA), partnered with Memorial Hermann Prevention and Resource Center (PaRC) to hold a free Opioid Overdose and Response Training for the community. The event was held at Alvin Knights of Columbus on Thursday, January 26.
More than 70 people attended the training, coming from all over Brazoria County and the greater Houston area. Stacie R. Allphin, MS, LCDC of Memorial Hermann PaRC was the first speaker, giving an overview of opioids and what it takes to make recovery work. Maggie Dickens, MS, LPC, LCDC of Sprintz Center for Pain and Dependency spoke of addiction and pain management. Dannielle Meyer of BACODA gave an overview of opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone. Finally, Kathy O’Keefe of Winning the Fight: WTF presented a moving documentary called “Not Me,” a film about eight separate individuals that combine to tell a complete story of addiction, denial, and recovery.
“Every 13 minutes a person dies from a drug overdose. Our 18-year-old son, Brett, became one of those statistics on March 20, 2010. It was shortly thereafter that I started WTF – Winning The Fight!” said O’Keefe. “No one can go through the journey of substance use and abuse by themselves. Our goal is to educate. Addiction is a disease, not a moral failure. Our goal is to help communities realize that this happens to normal families all over America. We cannot afford to continue to bury our families. If no one speaks out, we cannot change the stigma and the judgment.”
According to SAMHSA, a narcotic antagonist, Naloxone displaces opiates from receptor sites in the brain and reverses respiratory depression that usually is the cause of overdose deaths. Naloxone injection has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and used for more than 40 years by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to reverse opioid overdose and resuscitate persons who otherwise might have died in the absence of treatment.
Coalition Coordinator, Dannielle Meyer, said, “Our goal is to educate the community to increase the likelihood that lives can be saved. Every first aid kit should include Naloxone. Give someone's son, daughter, father or mother one more chance. A chance to recover, a chance to heal.”
For more information on opioid addiction and overdose response, visit www.bacoda.org or contact Brazoria County Community Coalition at email@example.com or 800-510-3111.