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File #: RES. 2022-R013    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 2/14/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 2/28/2022 Final action: 2/28/2022
Title: To declare opioid drug overdose deaths as a public health crisis in the city of Richmond and to support the implementation of a drug overdose death spike alert program by the City and other public safety agencies serving the Richmond area.
Patrons: Mayor Stoney, Michael Jones, Ann-Frances Lambert, Reva Trammell, Vice President Robertson, Stephanie Lynch, Katherine Jordan, President Newbille
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 2022-R013
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To declare opioid drug overdose deaths as a public health crisis in the city of Richmond and to support the implementation of a drug overdose death spike alert program by the City and other public safety agencies serving the Richmond area.
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WHEREAS, according to the document entitled "Fatal Drug Overdose Quarterly Report, 3rd Quarter 2021," (the "Report") prepared by the Virginia Department of Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and dated January, 2022, drug overdose deaths have increased across the Commonwealth of Virginia, including the Richmond region, over the last decade, driven primarily by the use of opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, and prescription opioid medications; and
WHEREAS, according to the Report, 215 people died of drug overdoses in 2020 in the city of Richmond, with 203 of those deaths being the result of opioid drug overdoses; and
WHEREAS, according to the Report, in 2020, the city of Richmond had the highest rate of opioid drug overdose deaths among Virginia localities with greater than 100,000 residents; and
WHEREAS, upon information and belief of the Mayor and the Council, programs for drug overdose death spike alerts are being implemented across the United States to inform and prepare members of communities to prevent and respond to drug overdose emergencies; and
WHEREAS, upon information and belief of the Mayor and the Council, a proposed regional drug overdose spike alert program, to be known as the "Richmond Metropolitan Spike Alert program," would be an initiative shared by public safety agencies, including those of the City, the County of Henrico, the County of Chesterfield, and the Richmond and Henrico Health District, to alert the public when a spike in drug overdoses occurs in any of the member jurisdictions; and
WHEREAS, the Richmond Metropolitan Spike Alert program would provide information on how to respond to a drug overdose emergency using naloxone, a medication ...

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