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Mayor Bowser to Highlight District’s Efforts to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose

Thursday, July 13, 2017

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Friday, July 14, at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will announce the distribution of an additional 2,500 naloxone kits to combat the unprecedented epidemic of opioid use and harm in the District. In 2016, the District distributed 1,000 naloxone kits that saved at least 290 residents from overdosing. As part of a broad, coordinated response that integrates public health, healthcare and law enforcement, naloxone kits includes a nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses. The Mayor will also highlight the expansion of medication-assisted treatment, a comprehensive strategy to combine counseling with medications to block cravings for opioids and other substances.  

WHO:
Mayor Muriel Bowser
HyeSook Chung, Deputy Mayor, Health and Human Services
Dr. Tanya Royster, Director, Department of Behavioral Health
Dr. Roger Mitchell, Jr., Chief Medical Examiner 

WHEN:
Friday, July l4, at 11 am
 
WHERE:
Family and Medical Counseling Services
2041 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE
*Closest Metro: Anacostia Metro Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit mayor.dc.gov/live or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).