Opioid overdoses have increased steadily since 2018 in Virginia. Rockbridge County Public Schools. Administrators, and school nurses can now administer Narcan to reverse opioid overdoses in schools.
Rockbridge Area Health Center will double in size while it also takes on the opioid crisis with a $257,371 federal grant.
Opioids may be making national headlines, but in Rockbridge County the number of people seeking treatment has doubled in two years.
Rockbridge area law enforcement, local pharmacies and the Virginia Department of Health are encouraging county residents to use in-home lockboxes to store their prescriptions and to throw away their old medicine.
EMTs can use the drug Naloxone to stop overdoses as they happen. The drug blocks opioid receptors in the brain.