‘Dopesick’ follow-up, ‘Raising Lazarus,’ tells the stories of the helpers in the opioid crisis

In the 2018 bestseller, “Dopesick,” Beth Macy takes a sweeping look at the opioid crisis – its beginnings, the proliferation of opioid addiction, and its effects on individuals, families and communities. Her recent release, “Raising Lazarus,” features the volunteers and workers who reach out to those addicted to opioids with the goal of harm reduction.…

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Over 200 Lock & Talk Boxes Distributed

Southside Behavioral Health attended an MC Dean, a local contractor, safety briefing meeting in Boydton. Prevention Specialist and Lock and Talk VA trainer, Aimee Wootton talked about Virginia’s suicide prevention initiative Lock and Talk VA. This program is designed to raise awareness and prevent suicide by supplying members of the community with no-cost medication locking…

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SBH Battles Opioid Addiction with Office-Based Opioid Treatment Services

BRUNSWICK, MECKLENBURG, & HALIFAX, VIRGINIA – In our ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic and improve community health outcomes, Southside Behavioral Health (SBH) reopened Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) Services to individuals in Halifax, Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties during the first week November. “Our goal is to continue to grow and meet the needs of…

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Research Shows Opioid Overdoses on the Rise

Southside Wellness Coalition commissioned a community needs assessment in the spring of 2020 to help identify substance use and prevention needs in the counties of Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg. Key findings showed that Southside Virginia populations have a higher rate of mental health concerns than other parts of the state. For example, on average 55.5%…

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