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Letter to the Editor: Thanks to Opioid Prevention Training Partners

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Contact: Emily Weatherly

Cuero Regional Hospital was pleased to partner with the Office of Rural Health/Texas Department of Agriculture and UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, School of Medicine to provide an Opioid Overdose Prevention Training on April 26 at St. Michael's Church Hall in Cuero. The training drew around 100, including area first responders, to hear from presenters Mark Kinzly and Charles Thibodeaux, LCDC, BAAS, both with the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative. Attendees learned to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose.

We thank the Office of Rural Health for choosing our community to be one of nine rural health sites selected for this training. We recognize the vital importance of providing this not only to our staff, but also to the public as drug overdose is a widespread health issue. We each can have a role in understanding the risks of opioids, as well as how to help people struggling with opioid use to find care and treatment. We appreciate Kathy Morrow with St. Michael’s Church for her assistance in securing the hall, as well as our staff that were involved in the coordination. Thanks to Whispering Oaks Rehabilitation and Nursing for bringing refreshments. We will work to provide more educational trainings to the communities we serve.

Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health