First Tuesday Education Series

Harm Reduction Around Drug Addiction
Includes Naloxone Administration Demostration


WEDNESDAY, November 8, 2023

5:00 pm-6:00 pm




Free!  Registration Required 

Harm Reduction and Why it matters

Due to Election Day, the month of November our First Tuesday will be on Wednesday November 8.

Beginning in late 2013, Virginia has continued to see a rise in opioid related deaths. The rise in synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl, have made these incidences more common as some individuals are not aware that the drugs they're consuming may be laced with Fentanyl. In addition to the rising crisis that fentanyl poisoning creates within communities, misconceptions around addiction and harm reduction efforts can lead to ineffective interventions for these vulnerable populations.

Join Shannon Meade and Norman Dorise, employees with the Virginia Department of Health and Harm Reduction advocates, as they share their knowledge about harm reduction efforts and impact, ways that individuals can help respond to an opioid related overdose with the use of Naloxone and give us a demonstration on how to administer Naloxone. 

Your Instructors: Shannon Meade, MPH and Norman Dorise

Shannon Meade, MPH

Shannon has worked in public health for over 7 years in the fields of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Housing, and Harm Reduction. Currently Shannon leads the Community HIV Testing team, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), Ryan White Part B, Housing Opportunities for People living with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA), and Naloxone distribution. Shannon's goal is to always create safe and inclusive spaces for community members,
while focusing on their health and wellbeing

Norman Dorise

Norman has worked in a public health capacity for the last 5 years. Currently he is the Community HIV Testing Coordinator for the Blue Ridge Health District. He performs various roles in fields of sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention, Harm Reduction, and Equity initiatives for the BRHD team. Norman is in charge of the BRHD Health Equity Committee. Norman received his Master Training Certification for Naloxone training and distribution from the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services. 

Shannon and Norman's team can be found out and about the Blue Ridge Health District providing free HIV and Hepatitis C screenings, hosting naloxone trainings, and giving out naloxone to anyone who wants to be prepared to help a neighbor or friend. 

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Past First Tuesday sessions have featured topics as diverse as diabetes management, stroke signs and symptoms, and how to cope with the emotional effects of seasonal changes. All sessions feature Sentara Martha Jefferson's community health team and medical staff, and frequently include local experts as well.  

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Contact Setour Dillard, BSN, to register or answer any questions about these classes at 434-984-4640 or