Virginia Beach and the Opioid & Addiction Crisis
Virginia Beach is a resort city located on the Mid-Atlantic coast with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels and restaurants along its oceanfront. Each year the city hosts multiple sporting events, concerts, and is home to several state parks. As a military community, Virginia Beach has three military bases as well as two major universities. Often referred to as “The Beach”, Virginia Beach is the largest city located in the Hampton Roads area.
As a vacation destination, people travel to relax and have a great time with family and friends. With all the resort amenities and fun times Virginia Beach is known for, there is also a plague of addiction in the state, and the City of Virginia Beach is not immune. The deaths and overdoses due to opioids and heroin have more than doubled year after year.
In Virginia, new drugs that are being misused like fentanyl and carfentanyl are making their way onto our local streets. Fentanyl is now being found mixed in batches of heroin and this new ingredient is making overdoses and deaths more common than ever.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. A lethal dose of fentanyl can be as small as 2 grains of sand and most users do not even know their heroin is mixed with fentanyl until it’s too late.
Not Giving Up
One thing for certain is that Virginia Beach is not laying down when it comes to this new fight against opioid and heroin addiction. Virginia Beach was the first city in Virginia to train its police officers to carry the lifesaving reversal drug naloxone.
Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a nasal spray that can revive a person that is having an overdose due to heroin or opioids. In the first six months of carrying naloxone, Virginia Beach officers have reversed 30 overdoses in the city says Police Chief Jim Cervara.
If you are dealing with addiction issues or know someone that needs help please do not wait another single day. Virginia Beach now has resources that are available and most treatment plans are covered by health insurance and Medicaid. Throughout this website there are many options and resources for getting you the help that is needed.
Right Path Treatment Center is located just off North Lynnhaven in Virginia Beach. Right Path is an outpatient treatment center that emphasizes combining evidence-based plans that have the highest success rates. Often referred to as MAT (medically assisted treatment), our physicians use medications such as BUPRENORPHINE, SUBOXONE, VIVITROL injections, and PROBUPHINE implants. Right Path’s model of treatment has a strong emphasis of coupling medication with counseling and support. This combination has been proven to be the most effective way to treat opioid/heroin/alcohol addiction compared to other more traditional methods.
Right Path Addiction Treatment Centers proudly works with most major insurance providers including Medicaid, and affordable self-pay options are also available. Call 757-321-0795 today to see if your plan is accepted or to schedule a same day appointment. Let Right Path help you “RECOVER YOUR FUTURE” today!