‘Shatter The Stigma Now’ event provides tools/resources to tackle opioid overdoses
SALISBURY, Md. – Students at Salisbury University are trying to tackle the current opioid crisis and they’re doing so by hosting a free training event.
The university’s Presidential Citizen’s Scholars program is partnering with the Wicomico County Health Department to host the Shatter the Stigma Now event. Community members will learn how to administer naloxone, which goes through ones nasal passages and is used to reverse an opioid overdose.
Student organizer Amanda Thompson tells 47 ABC that their research shows an increase in opioid-related deaths in Maryland and Wicomico County. Those cases typically are ones involving fentanyl and heroine.
She says the goal is to shatter misconceptions around addiction.
“Events like this can really shatter the stigma to be honest with you. It can bring light to situations that are not talked about enough,” Presidential Citizens Scholar Amanda Thompson said. “The main service that I would really like to provide is kind of help shed light on the reality of opioid addiction. That it can touch anyone at any time.”
That event will be held Saturday, April 9th from 12p.m. to 2p.m. at the Truitt Street Community Center.