LAUREL SPRINGS, N.J., Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- International Opioid Overdose Day is Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, and it's not a day too soon for the concerned staff at Victory Bay Recovery Center.
With the opioid crisis showing no signs of easing up in New Jersey, surrounding states and across the nation, Victory Bay co-founder A.J. Solomon wants those suffering from addiction and their family members to know what to do in the event of an overdose.
"It cannot be said enough: If we can save just one life, then our efforts are worth it," says Solomon, who is a Garden State native and a recovering addict.
In the event of an overdose:
If the person is not conscious, or semiconscious, try to wake them up.
If that doesn't work, rub the sternum (the flat plate that forms the center of the chest front), or, rub the person's upper lip.
If the overdose victim awakens, see if they can speak and check their breathing. If the person has shortness of breath or chest tightness, immediately call 911.
"We hope that no one ever has to deal with an overdose, but the fact is they occur every day," says Solomon. "Once the person is stable and the crisis over, it is important to get the addicted loved one to a facility so that he or she can begin a comprehensive and holistic treatment program."
The counselors and specialists at Victory Bay Recovery Center, victorybay.com, are hopeful that the focus and attention brought to the addiction crisis via Opioid Overdose Day will provide relief to those suffering – and their loved ones.
Dedicated to community outreach and increasing public awareness about drug and alcohol addiction, Victory Bay hosts a series of opioid awareness events for families and sponsors local Recovery Walks.
Victory Bay Recovery Center is located at 1395 Chews Landing Rd. Laurel Springs, N.J. Every client receives a custom treatment plan suited to their specific needs. Victory Bay, which only accepts private insurance, provides treatment to those suffering from addiction, and offers high-quality Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient substance-abuse and co-occurring services to a broad spectrum of clients. Call 800-253-0673 or visit www.victorybayrecovery.com