Dr. Nina Mezu-Nwaba, Current President of Rotary Club Pikesville, Maryland organized and hosted an Opioid Overdose and Prevention Training in collaboration with the Baltimore County Health Department and Mezu International Foundation Inc (MIF Inc) on Thursday July 19, 2018 from 6-8 pm at Pikesville Doubletree Hilton.
The event was graced by Congressman Ruppersberger, Rear Admiral Schweitzer, Mr. Bart Kennedy (representing Senator Van Hollen), Ms. Heather Campbell (representing Senator Ben Cardin) Rotarians, representatives from the Baltimore county health department, Commissioned Corps Officers and representatives from the Mezu International Foundation.
Over 100 people were trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of Opiod overdose. Participants who completed the training also received a certificate and 2 bottles of Nalaxone as well as learned how to help someone who has overdosed from Opiod abuse.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports, that across the nation, more than 115 people die everyday from opioids overdose in the United States of America. A report from the MD Department of Health states that from 2015 – 2017, the number of Maryland citizens who have died from opioid related deaths has more than doubled. In 2017, from January to September, that number peaked at about 1500 opioid related deaths. The training today is vital to curbing this Opiod epidemic.Local trainings can also be received at the county health departments.Coutesy – Dr Nina Mezu-Nwaba
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