Department of Justice to Launch Inaugural National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week
Attorney General Lynch will Travel to Lexington, Kentucky as Part of the Justice Department’s Awareness Campaign to Address the Rising Public Health Crisis of Drug Addiction
The Obama Administration is announcing a “week of action” to raise awareness about the rising public health crisis caused by drug overdoses. As part of this effort, the Department of Justice designated the week of Sept.18-23, 2016, as National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week. Senior Department of Justice officials, members of the President’s Cabinet and other federal agencies will hold events focused on the work being done to address the national prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will travel to Lexington, Kentucky on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016, to hold a youth town hall at a local high school; meet with parents who have lost their children due to overdoses and now belong to the Heroin Education Action Team (H.E.A.T.); and deliver a policy speech regarding the actions and resources the Justice Department is bringing to bear on this issue.
“The heroin and opioid epidemic is one of the most urgent law enforcement and public health challenges facing our country,” said Attorney General Lynch. “Through National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week, the Department of Justice seeks to raise awareness and prevent new victims from succumbing to addiction; to highlight the department’s ongoing commitment to holding accountable traffickers and others responsible for this epidemic; and to help provide treatment to those grappling with addiction. To be successful in this important endeavor, we need the help of all our federal, tribal, state and local partners. In the months ahead, we will continue working to erase this scourge from our communities and to ensure a brighter future for all Americans.”
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Harold and James, visitors to Seattle started CPR on 2 unconscious people today in Seattle. They are praying 1 life has been saved. Read more here
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Efforts are underway to provide Narcan (naloxone) to all first responders to save lives in cases of overdoses from heroin and other opiates. However, first responders are not usually the first ones to the patient — family members and friends are.Fortunately, Narcan is not the only way to revive an opiate overdose.
Opiate poisoning victims do not need an antidote so much as they need air. The heart and brain aren’t poisoned. They simply run out of oxygen. What is needed is to get the chest moving to get oxygen into the lungs. While not everyone carries Narcan, most of us have a mouth, a free hand and a pair of lungs. In this case, CPR can be lifesaving.
If you come across a narcotic overdose and don’t know CPR, you can still help. Remember, breathe first. Pinch the nose closed, lips to mouth, blow into the person’s mouth like you’re blowing up a balloon and watch the chest rise. Release and wait for the chest to fall. Repeat. Give six to 10 breaths until the lungs are oxygenated, then call 911. Return and resume breathing until help arrives.
Remember that Narcan is great, but CPR can’t wait.
Ron D’Angelo M.D., Manchester
Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (District 7, Pioneer Square to Magnolia) issued the following statement following the release of the Opiate Addiction Task Force’s recommendations:
“Opiate addiction is a terrible reality, and it’s a problem that we have seen across the nation. Addiction clearly exacerbates the struggle for those seeking to overcome homelessness, which is why I’m so heartened to receive the Opiate Addiction Task Force’s findings. My goal as a Seattle/King County Board of Public Health member is to implement proven best practices in Seattle to reverse this opioid crisis and provide tested options for people.
“I’m particularly drawn to the Task Force’s recommendation that we enhance access to buprenorphine, which is an effective tool to treat opioid addiction. As Council considers next year’s annual City budget, I intend to identify funding for a Belltown facility that will provide professional buprenorphine access for those looking to conquer or suppress their addictions.
“I witnessed firsthand the success of a similar buprenorphine program on my study mission to San Francisco this past May. With clinical help and a physician’s counseling, buprenorphine can be obtained through pharmacies or health clinics across San Francisco. When addicts are ready to seek treatment, they should not be put on a wait list—they need treatment right away. That’s why we need ‘treatment on demand’ to dramatically reduce the number of people addicted to heroin. Bupe is one of the alternatives that works.
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