Combating opioid overdose in our community

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GERING, Neb. Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing from opioids.

Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing from opioids. The signs include behavior and change in attitude. Long-terms impacts involves death. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

To combat it, Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority, Panhandle Partnership and Panhandle Public Health District hosted a conference at the Gering Civic Center to discuss the opioid issues the community is facing.

“We got to get them help,” said Tabi Prochazka, Deputy Director of Health Promotions and Preparedness. “We need to figure out how in our community we can help and where those safe places for help. We need to train our staff, first responders and our baseline staff that when we are interacting with the community and community members, we know what to do when we see those signs and symptoms.”

Opioid use signs can include shift in behavior and change in attitude.

The long-term impacts involves death.

“We need to raise that awareness and reduce that stigma in mental health and addiction,” explained Prochazka. “It is something that we can combat as a community but if we leave it in the closet, we don’t have a chance of overcoming.”

They want to bring in Matt Services and an Opioid Use Disorder Training to combat it.

They will host this conference until 4:00pm.