LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In 2020, Nevada experienced 484 deaths attributed to opioids. It’s was the highest number ever for the state. Most of the deaths involved synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, not prescription drugs. Synthetic opioids can be very powerful and more dangerous.
Drug overdoses have become a growing problem. Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick hosted a Recovery Resource Fair that included a training session on how to help someone who is experiencing an overdose.
The overdose training was for adults 18 and older, and participants learned about Nevada’s Good Samaritan Law, how to recognize a drug overdose and how to respond.
“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,” Kirkpatrick said.
You can watch the full training session in the video above.