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June 1, 2017

Virginia’s Training Citizens To Rescue Opioid Overdoses

By Adele Uphaus-Conner
The Free Lance-Star

Fredericksburg, VA (AP) - The scale of the opioid epidemic is such that you could stop at a store to get gas and find someone suffering an overdose in the bathroom.

``That’s where it’s happening in this area,’’ said Michelle Wagaman, prevention services coordinator for the Rappahannock Area Community Service Board. ``Wawa, Sheetz and Walmart bathrooms.’’

RACSB would like to equip all citizens with the knowledge and tools to save lives in that situation. It is now offering training on the administration of naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose from heroin or prescription painkillers.

The first training session, known as REVIVE!, was offered May 17. A second session will be held Wednesday on the Mary Washington Hospital campus.

In November 2016, Virginia Health Commissioner Marissa Levine declared opioid addiction a public health emergency, due to the growing number of deaths from prescription opioid overdoses, which now kill more Virginians than car crashes. As a response, Levine issued a standing order for naloxone.

``Anyone can go to the pharmacy and request it,’’ Wagaman said. ``You don’t need a prescription written out to you by your doctor.’’

An opioid overdose occurs when the drug overwhelms certain receptors in the brain, which eventually causes the user to stop breathing. Naloxone works by binding to these same receptors and knocking the opioid off, allowing the person to breathe again.

``Our brains like it better than the opioid,’’ Wagaman said.

Other than this specific action, naloxone has no effect on the body and no potential for abuse. It can even be administered accidentally with no danger.

The same dose is given to anyone, regardless of age or weight.

``So it can be given to a child who accidentally ingests something at home,’’ Wagaman said.

She also recommended that those using opioids or heroin have naloxone on hand.

The Virginia Department of Health is providing free naloxone to those who attend the May training sessions.

At Wegmans pharmacy, a 2 milliliter syringe of naloxone-which is administered as a nasal spray-is $32 with the store’s discount card. The nasal atomizer is purchased separately and costs $15.20 for a pack of two.

The pharmacy also carries Narcan-a brand name for naloxone-as a nasal spray for $130.80 with the discount card.

Naloxone comes in a third form, as an auto-injection called EVZIO. It is the easiest way to give the medicine, but the most expensive, costing from $2,000 to $4,000, Wagaman said.

Wagaman and Sherry Norton-Williams, Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block coordinator, led last week’s training session.
They started by dispelling some of the myths surrounding naloxone, such as that it’s a safety net that allows individuals with opioid use disorder to continue using without the danger.

``Naloxone will put the person into immediate withdrawal, which is very unpleasant,’’ Wagaman said. ``When we were trained on it, we were told to get out of the way when the person wakes up. They’re not going to thank you for saving their lives right away.’’

Attendees learned about Virginia state laws governing the REVIVE! program and allowing for the safe reporting of overdoses.

``If you’re in a group using and you administer naloxone to someone in an overdose emergency, you can still be charged, but you can use this in your defense,’’ Wagaman said. ``You have to seek medical help, remain on the scene and identify yourself to law enforcement when they arrive.’’

Participants learned what happens in an opioid overdose emergency and how to determine whether someone is high or has overdosed. The main difference is that someone who has overdosed will be unresponsive to any stimuli.

The severity of the opioid epidemic is such that the day before the training, RACSB received notice from the state health department that the order of steps for responding to an overdose had changed. Previously, lay rescuers were told to call 911 before administering naloxone. That order has now been reversed.

``The drugs people are using now are so strong that you might have to give two, four or six doses of naloxone before it works,’’ Wagaman said.

A mix of concerned community members and medical or social services professionals attended Wednesday’s training.

Brandie Williams, coordinator of the RACSB Parent Education-Infant Development program, said she wanted to come to support her work, but also to get a conversation about naloxone and lay rescuer training started in rural Caroline County, where she lives.

``I think that in a rural community, residents are more apt to trust something if someone they know has tried it,’’ she said. ``I wanted to go through the training so I could talk it up and get more people involved.’’

Carolyn Hill, a student in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy and intern in the Wegmans pharmacy, said she came to learn about the products she’ll be dispensing.

Others were just looking for a way to help.

``Substance use is such a big problem,’’ said Vicki Packwood of Stafford County. ``This way I can help, do my little bit.’’
Sheila Winslow, also of Stafford, agreed.

``I don’t want to miss an opportunity to save someone’s life,’’ she said.

Educator Uses Star Trek To Teach Science To Her Students

By Shelly Conlon

Waco Tribune-Herald

Waco, TX (AP) - From the communicator badge pinned on her shirt to the USS Enterprise lanyard around her neck and a classroom set up like a space shuttle, fifth-grade science teacher Teresa Kelm, or ``Capt. Kelm’’ as she is known to her students, is using the final frontier to keep her Starfleet cadets engaged through exploratory learning.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that because of her unique teaching style, the Texas Medical Association recently named the Connally Elementary School teacher the overall winner of the 2017 Ernest and Sarah Butler Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, according to a press release from the association.

Teresa Kelm with her students

The association also named Midway Independent School District’s Holly Land, a South Bosque Elementary School teacher, as a third-place winner for the award. The group chose 12 winners statewide.

The award came as a surprise, especially to someone who has only been in the classroom for a year after a 15-year absence, Kelm said. Kelm taught high school in Midway, then became a drug representative before she was laid off and decided to return to education, she said. This was her first school year in a fifth-grade classroom.

When she landed the job at Connally, a friend asked Kelm what theme she would use for her classroom. This was a new concept, coming from a high school, she said. Her new school’s mascot and the name for students in the fictional Starfleet Academy gave her some help.

``Well, they’re cadets, the Connally Cadets, and I love `Star Trek,’ so I said `Let’s do `Star Trek,’?” Kelm said. ``That’s what made me start it.’’

Capt. Kelm is in big bold letters on the outside of the door frame. Inside, each of her four walls serves as a station to her space shuttle, with the labels ``Operation Center’’ to the right for classroom notices, ``Navigation Center’’ to the left for anchor charts to study, ``Communications’’ in the back for vocabulary words and ``Main Viewing Screen’’ at the front with a projector serving as if it were a starship’s windshield.

And as if she were portraying William Shatner’s Capt. James T. Kirk, Kelm often stands in the center of the classroom giving commands on how to tackle hands-on lessons.

``I’m very proud of Capt. Kelm and all that she has done to create an engaging learning environment for our children,’’ Principal Gina Pasisis said. ``She truly teaches the whole child by making sure students feel connected and valued as part of a learning community and by providing relevant academic experiences that challenge and inspire. She integrates all disciplines as well as social and emotional skills into her science class.’’

Kelm’s love for ``Star Trek’’ started at a young age, she said.

``It’s very cerebral. You have to really think,’’ Kelm said. ``Even though stuff is made up, you have to really know science to understand some of the things, and I like that about it.

``I like the characters and I always wanted to go into space, and following them along on their journey was cool because when I was a kid, I would imagine, `Oh, if it were me, what would I do?’?”

She works the concept of exploring space and science lessons through little ``Star Trek’’ moments every day, she said. Class doesn’t start until her students recite a cadet pledge, and it doesn’t end without each student flashing Spock’s infamous ``Live long and prosper’’ hand gesture as he or she walks out the door, making a ``V’’ between their index and middle fingers and their ring and pinkie fingers with their palm forward.

All of this has helped her settle back into her role as an educator, she said.

Her lesson plans often involve video, audio or written messages from Starfleet Command about problems or missions needing completion based on something her studen

Live Long and Prosper - Mr. Spock from Star Trek

ts are studying, she said. Those messages often come from someone at the Education Service Center for Region 12 or a former co-worker who has a ``Star Trek’’ uniform and knows how to set up a starship backdrop in videos, she said with a laugh.

``They always report back to Starfleet and whomever I’ve used to make the message. They’ll report back, and they’ll even answer back,’’ Kelm said. ``We try to get the continuity of it, so it just doesn’t disappear in the cosmos.’’

Her Cadets, mostly 10 and 11 years old, jumped on board with the idea immediately, she said. Missions have included everything from making gliders out of Styrofoam plates to learn about the principles of flight, to building small robots to ``spy’’ on a strange spaceship and communicate back to Starfleet, in a lesson on electricity and different forms of energy, she said.

In December, the students even had a small ceremony in the cafeteria to earn their own communicator badges and be promoted to chief petty officers for doing well through the first half of the year, Kelm said.

``It’s like riding a bicycle. I’ve had to adjust down a little and get used to the emotional needs of 10- and 11-year-olds I wasn’t used to. At first, they were all wanting to hug,’’ Kelm said, making a cringing motion. ``But now I’m like, `Give me a hug,’ because some of these kids need a lot of hugs and come from some rough backgrounds. If I can give them a little love today, then so be it.’’

As she looks to next year, she said her classroom will take on even more of an extraterrestrial feel, with more project-based learning and items like a Bluetooth speaker in the shape of Spock’s head, all so she can challenge her Cadets to boldly go where no student has gone before, she said.

``It’s the same as with school. The `Star Trek’ theme is something they can rely on and trust is going to be here for them,’’ Kelm said. ``Through the year, I’ve had several kids go as we do a project, `I love science,’ or `I didn’t want to be a scientist, but I think I want to be a scientist now.’ And that’s great. . It’s just about opening their eyes to the possibilities they maybe didn’t have before, and that school can be fun, and what you’re learning in class, you can learn outside of that.’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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This Week In The Civil War: Weeks of May 25 & June 1, Options For Honoring Beloved Pets When They Cross Over, Surprising DNA Test Links Kiwi To Giant Bird, 1000 Years Gone, Music Therapy Opens Windows Of Communication For Many, Woman Prowls Graveyards In Search Of Mysteries & Fun

Chicks With Picks: Climbers Find Power & Peace On The Ice, Robert E. Lee’s Former Land Is Now Arlington Nat’l Cemetery

Man Gently Works To Reverse Die-Off Of Honey Bees, Mad Men Style Drinking Cars Closing Down On Metro North, Oregon’s Gray Wolf, OR-7, May Have Found A Sweetie

Two Weeks In The Civil War: Overland Campaign & Sherman, Archaeologist Claims He’s Found King David’s Citadel, Blood Of Young Mice Helped Older Mice - Are We Next?!

Bees Are Disappearing, But Gardeners Can Help, Freed After 24 Years In Prison, Man Knows ‘God Has A Plan’, Yeah, It’s True. The Dude Has Had His Own Festival For Years

This Week In The Civil War: Fighting in Arkansas, Most Americans Still Question The Big Bang Theory, ‘What Would Abbie Think?’ Radical’s Presence Felt Today

This Week In The Civil War: Confederates Take Plymouth, Study Reveals Snacks May Help Avoid Marital Arguments, It’s Probably Just A Matter Of Time: 3D-Printed Heart

Descendants Of Civil War Battle Of New Market Sought By VMI, This Week In The Civil War: Raid On Fort Pillow, TN, 1964 World’s Fair Site Will Cost Millions To Restore

This Week In The Civil War: The Red River Campaign, 11 Ancient Burial Boxes Seized From Thieves, Music Program Puts Alzheimer’s Patients Back In Tune For A Bit

Noah, Opening Friday, Swirls Into A Strong Faith Market, Spring Time Is Puppy Time! How To Puppy-ize Your Life, This Week In The Civil War, Historically Vital Photos Of SC Slave Descendants New Home

Ethyl The Grizzly Loves Travel And Apple Orchards

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson’s Latest Is A Hit, This Week In The Civil War: Slaves Freed In Louisiana, Peerless Card Shark & Magician Richard Turner Is Totally Blind, The Debate Continues On Safety & Impact, But Vaping Is Gaining Acceptance & Growing

This Week In The Civil War: U.S. Grant Takes Charge, The Hard Part Is Digging The Hole: Backyard Pond Tips

Researchers Find Mexico’s Endangered ‘Water Monster’, This Week In The Civil War: Confederate Submarine, Bumblebees Are Getting Stung By Honeybee Sickness, New Exhibit Features Telegram From Elvis To His Parents

Hasty Dig At Camp Asylum, SC: The Developer’s Coming!, Backyard Bird Counters Reveal Snowy Owl Migration, Surgeon Who Invented Heimlich Maneuver: Remember It!

Saving The World’s Great Art: The Real Monuments Men, This Week In The Civil War: Sherman In Mississippi, Folkies Recall Opening For The Beatles At Carnegie Hall In ‘64

Hoffman’s Relapse & Death Is A Tragic, Common Outcome, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting At Morton’s Ford, VA, ‘Jar Nut’s’ Collection Of Bottles Is On Display In Spencer, NC

Monuments Men: 1,000 Years Of Culture Saved From Nazis, This Week In The Civil War: The Union Campaign, Film & Museum Reveal More Realistic View Of Bonnie & Clyde, IRS Is Working To Save Tax Payers Money Through EITC

2013 Was 4th Hottest Year On Record, Says NOAA, This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Jan. 26, Germans’ Longing For American West Births Documentary Play, What Do Fish Poo, Fresh Berries & School Kids Have In Common?

Making Of Lone Survivor Challenging & Controversial, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Tennessee, Archaeologist Seeks WWII DNA From Pacific Graveyards, Handyman Program’s ‘Angels’ Help Keep Seniors At Home

This Week In The Civil War, Originals Of The Star-Spangled Banner & Flag To Be Displayed, Our Universe At Its Infancy: Images From Hubble Telescope, 100 Years Later, The British Still Debate WWI’s Legacy

Music Therapy Organization Helps Vets Cope With PTSD, This Week In The Civil War: Winter Furloughs, Rare 1886 Michigan Lighthouse For Sale, Concern For Elves Prompts Iceland To Halt Roadway

This Week In The Civil War, New Survey Reveals US Dads Very Involved In Child Rearing, Dolphin Center Offers Course In Marine Mammal Care

Papers Stolen During Civil War Going Home To Virginia, New Vero Beach Dig: Ice Age Humans In North American?

This Week In The Civil War: Lincoln’s Restoration Plan, Oldest DNA By 100,000 Years Throws Science Into A New Era, Bird Lovers Seek Respect For Sweet Birds: Iowa Blue Chickens

Police Still Seeking Clues To TV Star’s 1957 Murder, Scrawny Stray Cat Becomes Media Star: Pete The Cat

Researchers Seek To Teach Computer Common Sense, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Tennessee, New Trend For Vets Helps Pets & Owners: Euthanasia At Home, Florida Archaeologists Carefully Ponder & Paw Mystery Site

President Kennedy Is Best Remembered In His Own Words, This Week In The Civil War: The Battle Above The Clouds, German Who Held Nazi-Era Art Trove Wants Collection Back, Fifty Years Ago, A Young Boy Sought To Comfort JFK’s Bugler

This Week In The Civil War: The Gettysburg Address, NC Student, A ‘Modern Hippie,’ Treasures His 1977 VW Bus, 1869 Account Of Yellowstone Was Disbelieved, Nearly Lost, Amazing Story Of 17th Century Gem & Its Princess Savior, BBB: Tips For Donating To Typhoon Haiyan Relief

2013 Meteor Crash In Russia Is More Likely Than Realized, This Week In The Civil War

This Week In The Civil War: Confederates’ Knoxville Move, Was The Exorcist A True Story? The Answer Remains Elusive, OK, Weather Nerds! Here’re Some Weird Sandy Facts, LA’s La Brea Tar Pits Mark 100 Years Of Excavations

Inspired By Hugo’s Wrath, SC Building Arts College Thrives, This Week In The Civil War, Evidence Found Of Yeti: Oxford’s DNA Analysis Irrefutable

Remembering The Civil War, Graves Spanning Decades Of Tragedy Featured On Hike, NC Twins Meet Biological Mother On Their 20th Birthday

In Debate Over Redskins’ Name Whose Opinion Matters Most?, ‘Appearance Isn’t Everything’ & Model Finds Attention ‘Creepy’

Texas Historical Commission Look For Old Socorro Mission, At 86, Man Continues Career As Mason: ‘I love to do it’

Burger King Seeks To Make Fries Less ‘Painful’, Pirate Ship Which Sank In 1717 Yields Valuable, Rare Booty, Miss Piggy Sets Up House With Kermit & Fozzie At Smithsonian

Beep Baseball Helps Blind Players Gain Confidence

Woman Loses 160 lb. In Two Years, Without Suffering, US Wind Farms Responsible For Dozens Of Raptor Deaths

Detroit Asserts Driverless Cars Are Only Eight Years Away, Beloved Irish Poet’s Final Words: “Don’t Be Afraid.”

Report Highlights Importance Of Increasing Fruit And Vegetable Access In North Carolina, Area Of Brain Where ‘Normal’ Memory Loss Occurs Is Found

Life After TV’s Smash Still Busy For Its Songwriters, Free Dogwood Trees For Joining Arbor Day Foundation, August, Back To School Sleep Habits: Tips For Getting Kids In Gear!

NOAA Features Live Ocean‘TV’ Through August 16, Amazing Mayan Frieze Is Found In Guatemala, New Film The Butler Bridges Decades Of Struggle For Blacks

Elvis Week Honored With Release Of Elvis At Stax, Agencies Now Track The Biggest Fish: Whale Sharks, Suburb Seeks To Reduce Deer Population With Birth Control

Tick-Killing Robot May Change The World - And Your Backyard, Research On Monogamy In Animals Yields Varied Results, Back To School Overview Of Cool Stuff For Kids!

Retired Professor Sweeps Village Streets For The Good Of All, Particle Bs Sighting Confirms Clue To Universe’s Origin, Native Artist Seeks To Redefine What It Is To Be An Indian

Chance Meeting At Auschwitz Leads To Understanding, High Point Man Recalls Days On Lone Ranger Radio Show, Monks’ Sand Mandala Tour Spreads Cultural Tolerance

Solar Powered Plane Finishes Historical Journey In NYC, Raising Butterflies Is Spiritual Medicine For SC Man, More People Are Donating Bodies To Science

Teaching Each Other How To Live, Inmates & Dogs Reform, Easy July 4th Dessert! Raspberry Coconut Pie, Freshly Made Lemonade With Fresh Berry Ice Cubes, Utah Man Submits Bigfoot Skull Fossil To Science For Exam

NC WW II Veteran’s Family Receives His Bible, Missing Nearly 70 Years In Europe, Greensboro Science Center Works 24/7 To Save Little Duke

Formerly Obese Man Will Cycle To The South Pole, Site Of Native American Chiefs In Virginia Is Now Protected, Infant Left In Phone Booth Grows Up & Seeks Birth Family, Yummy Hobby! Mushrooms In A Grow-Your-Own Kit

Search For First Web Page Leads To North Carolina, Myspace Is Reinvented (by Justin Timberlake) As A Home For Musicians, Artists & Writers, Keep It Down! New Products Help Soften Noise Sensitivity

Staying At Historic Inns Requires Some Homework - Do It!, Retired From ‘Real Jobs,’ People Embrace New Lives As Artists

Modern Home Classics: Noguchi’s Light Sculptures, Facial Recognition Technology To Stop Crime...Invade Privacy?

At 100, ACS Has Made Huge Strides In Reducing Cancer, Authors Seek To Align Horses With Owners’ Personalities, Honeybees Trained In Croatia To Find Land Mines

Dan Brown’s Very Latest, Inferno, Is An Engrossing Read, Man Hits The Road On Harley To Collect WWII Vets’ Stories, Fitzgerald’s Obscure Grave Garnering More Visitors Now

Sundance Takes A Look At Animal Moms On Mother’s Day, It’s All The Rage: Moms & Dads Taking ‘Stroller Hikes’

Britain’s Pinewood Studios Opens Its Branch In Atlanta, Fido Swallowed A Sock? That’ll Be Expensive And Maybe Fatal, Replica Of 8th Century Buddhist Caves Now On Exhibit

Planets With Life, “Goldilocks Planets,” Are Everywhere

A Place For Artists & Poets, Marked By A Big, Big Head, Woman Gets Book & Movie Deal After Self-Publishing On Amazon

Are You A Lilly Girl? It’s Hard To Resist The Sunny Lilly Lifestyle, NYC Pay Phone Project Features Neighborhoods’ Past

Everything You Need To Know About Backyard Chickens, History Buffs Gather To Mark 80th Anniversary Of Air Disaster, Hurricane Uncovers Sadness Of Unclaimed Patients’ Remains

Love Hummingbirds? Tips For Attracting These Tiny Miracles, Haiti Paints A Slum And Honors Artist Prefete Duffaut

PA Exhibit Features Local Reading Railroad Artifacts, Rite Of Spring Gives Right Of Way To Jersey Salamanders, Restoration Of Last Wooden Whaler Nears Completion

Stonehenge A emetery?, What’s A Rogue Taxidermist?“Cat” Grey Is, For Example

Community Helps Excavate Oldest Street In The US, For Fun & As Collectibles, Retro-Style Toys Remain Popular

Email, Text, Instant Message: Does Lack Of Response Bug You?

Re-enactors Skill At Acting Out History Has Dual Purpose, Team Retraces Shackleton’s Amazing 1916 Rescue, Virginia Volunteers Offer Chocolate & Hugs

Helping Kids & Adults Heal From Trauma: There’s No Clear Path, Cat Stars Of The Internet: How Did This Happen?

Shoah Foundation Produces Holograms Of Nazi Survivors, Museum Mounts Exhibit Of Ice Age Masterpieces, Family Restores Rare Airplane After ‘Coyote Chase’ Crash


 

 

 

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