Associations help victims of drug addiction

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – In Big Bend, local agencies are remembering the lives lost recently to a spate of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in Gadsden County.

Local organizations in Big Bend serve as a resource for anyone struggling with addiction.

Over the past two months, the big bend has seen hundreds of drug overdoses.

The common theme, fentanyl.

It is a synthetic opioid that people use to cut different drugs.

Disc Village in Tallahassee does its best to be a resource for anyone struggling with addiction.

“The people we serve are part of our local community and what affects the person next to us affects us as well,” said Adrienne Ayers, Leon County Adult Services Supervisor.

Adrienne Ayers, Leon County adult supervisor with Disc Village, said the main priority is getting information to communities in need.

Disc Village has been a 50-year-old outlet throughout Big Bend.

Provide counseling, case management and everything needed for a successful recovery.

Disc Village also offers Narcan.

The drug helps resuscitate patients who have overdosed by blocking the effects of opioids.

“When you talk to family members who are going through this experience, having this type of option available to bring that loved one back is life changing,” said Jordan Cowart, COO of Disc Village.

Cowart said that’s why having Narcan available to the community can give families a second chance.

At the North West Florida Health Network, they strive to communicate with at-risk communities about what happens when you take the risk of using drugs.

“Fentanyl kills. It’s not something to play around with and often times you can come into contact with fentanyl without realizing it,” Watkins said.

Watkins said continuing to be a voice in the community can change the outcome of a decision.

Disc Village provides services in eight counties surrounding the Big Bend.

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