County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Commissioners Tick Segerblom and Justin Jones and community partners will kick off the Opioid Awareness Day Recovery Resource Fair at noon on Tuesday, July 27, with a news conference in Clark County Commission Chambers followed by a prayer for those suffering from addiction and their family members and a dove release in the Government Center’s outdoor amphitheater. Tuesday also will be declared Opioid Awareness Day in Clark County.
The recovery resource fair is free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas. Several local organizations that deal with addiction and related issues are supporting the event with information and resources including the Foundation for Recovery, the Southern Nevada Health District and Nevada 211. Will Alphin with Foundation for Recovery will host a free training session at 1 p.m. in Commission Chambers for those 18 and older explaining the benefits and use of naloxone as a life-saving treatment for overdoses. The Health District also will have a mobile testing unit parked in the amphitheater area to provide free, rapid tests for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.
“Opioid addiction and abuse are serious problems for our community and our country,” Commission Chairman Kirkpatrick said. “On Opioid Awareness Day our community will come together to show our support for those struggling with addiction and their family and friends. We have many resources that can help those living through this crisis, and special training so people can be prepared for the worst.”
The overdose reversal training will focus on a variety of topics including Nevada’s Good Samaritan Law and how to recognize and respond to an overdose. Those who complete the training will be provided with a free opioid overdose reversal kit. The training will air live on Clark County Television (CCTV), www.Facebook.com/ClarkCountyNV and https://www.youtube.com/user/ClarkCountyNV/live. CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3. One may watch CCTV on streaming devices such as Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV via the YouTube app.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.4 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1.1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.