Did you know that Vance County has one of the highest death rates from drug oversdoses in North Carolina?
As many of you already know, Opioids are a type of narcotic medication commonly prescribed because they are effective in reliving or reducing different types of pain. These drugs are inherently dangerous if not taken properly, and, addictions can arise. Opioid overdose has become an increasing problem in Vance County. Our county has one of the highest death rates in the state of North Carolina. For example, in Vance we see 14.2 deaths per 100,000 residents compared to 5.3 deaths per 100,000 residents in Wake County. Naloxone has proven to be effective in reversing the effects of opioid overdoses. While progress has been made in the number of unintentional deaths, much more could be done to reduce the death from opioid overdose.
What is Project VIBRANT?
Vance Initiates Bringing Resources and Naloxone Training is a collaborative partnership across many different different local agencies in Vance County to prevent overdose and save lives through the distribution of overdose rescue kits containing naloxone, a medicine that reverses opiate/opioid overdoses.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses an opioid overdose, which can be caused by prescription drugs (e.g., Percocet, OxyContin), and heroin. Naloxone will only reverse an opioid overdose, it does not prevent deaths caused by other drugs such as benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax and Valium), bath salts, cocaine, methamphetamine or alcohol. However, naloxone may also be effective for polysubstance overdoses such as a combined opioid or alcohol overdose.
How do I get a FREE naloxone kit?
If you have a family member, loved one, or others in need of a rescue kit contact: