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Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center helps Fight the War on Opioid Abuse

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On Thursday, Nov. 16, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center will host an event to help educate the public on opioid abuse. The event will share what Sentara Healthcare and the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Emergency Department are doing to fight this epidemic. It will also hold demonstrations on how to administer a Narcan injection and how you can protect you and your loved ones.

The event, called Project STOP: Speaking out Teaching Opioid Prevention, is an educational event promoting one community coming together.

The event is the brainchild of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Emergency Department Nurse Katey Gemmel, RN. “As a nurse in the emergency room, I feel it’s really important we continue to educate our patients,” explains Gemmel. “At the end of the day, when someone leaves our hospital, I want them to have the resources they need, and if they have questions – I hope we’ve been open to answering them.”

A number of speakers will be on hand to address the multiple issues surrounding opioid abuse. Speakers include:
• Katey Gemmell, RN, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Emergency Department
• Dr. Chinye Obidi, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Emergency Department
• Dr. Asish Shanbhag, Pain Management
• 1st Sgt. Kenneth Hulsey, Prince William County Police Narcotics Task Force
• Jaime House, RN, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Emergency Department- Compassion
• Ellen Hayes, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Behavioral Health Service Coordinator
• Diana Mann, RN, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Emergency Department- Personal Protective Equipment.

The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 from 6:00 p. m. – 8:00 p. m. at the Hylton Education Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

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