Norfolk getting nearly $400K to combat opioids

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The agency that manages addiction and prevention programs for the City of Norfolk will get $380,000 in state funds to increase its services.

Norfolk City Council will authorize the funds at its Tuesday night meeting.

The funds will go to the Community Services Board for a variety of programs. One of its most important involves peer recovery specialists,  people who’ve been through addiction themselves and can now help others.

CSB uses several approaches to prevent addiction and treat those in addiction, including school educational programs, REVIVE classes where people can learn to save lives with naloxone, and medication-assisted programs with methadone and suboxone.

Norfolk’s death rate and ER visit rate from heroin overdoses are running higher than the state average.

A recent survey by CSB showed 50 percent of young heroin users  started their path to addiction by abusing prescription opioids.

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