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Wicomico Health Dept. Recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day

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SALISBURY, Md. - Wednesday is International Overdose Awareness Day, and the Wicomico County Health Department is one local agency hoping to bring attention to the increasing number of overdoses on Delmarva.

In just the first six months of 2016, 188 overdoses were treated in PRMC's Emergency Department, according to the Wicomico County Health Department. That is 88 more than were treated in all of 2015.

Research by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration shows that about 46,000 people die every year in the U.S. from drug abuse. They say heroin is increasingly to blame, since it is sometimes a cheaper alternative to brand name prescription drugs.

Members of the community are encouraged to bring their expired and unused prescription medications to one of nine drop-off locations in Wicomico County.

Wicomico Health also offers free Naloxone trainings on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Wicomico County Public Library. Naloxone is used to reverse an opioid overdose and can be administered by anyone over the age of 18. Participants will learn how to give the medication, which can save the life of someone who is overdosing on an opioid, such prescription pain medications, Fentanyl and heroin. Participants will also receive a certificate for Naloxone and the Naloxone kit.

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