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Marijuana Legalization and Potential Risks

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Information compiled by Olivia Spencer, NRVCS Intern Possession and use of marijuana has been legalized in the Commonwealth of Virginia as of July 1, 2021. To clarify, this applies to individuals age 21 or older. What is now legal: Adults older than 21 will be allowed to have personal possession of no more than one …

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NEW RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES’ (NRVCS) PROPOSED BUDGET AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW The FY 2022 proposed budget can be viewed by clicking here. A printed copy will also be available for public review during normal office hours July 9 – August 9, 2021. A copy is available at each of NRVCS’ five outpatient clinics. For clinic …

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Kristen Mallory spends most of her time in a wheelchair these days – a constant reminder of the accident that nearly claimed her life almost eight years ago. Kristen, who was 16 at the time, and her mother, Susan, were headed to their home in Chesterfield County, Virginia, the night of June 9, 2013 when …

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NRVCS teams with Head Start to educate families about impact of secondhand, thirdhand smoke on children By Rene’ Cox, Behavioral Health Wellness Specialist, NRVCS New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) recently partnered with New River Community Action Head Start to promote awareness and education about secondhand and thirdhand smoke to area families. The prevention-related materials …

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Have you ever thought about working for one of our residential programs, but weren’t sure? If so, this job fair is for YOU! NRVCS offers a variety of residential programs that provide 24-hour services (see below) and we are actively seeking applicants to staff those programs. Our virtual job fair on Thursday, March 18 offers …

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New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS), in cooperation with the UVa Cancer Center, the New River Health District, and the five local community coalitions throughout the New River Valley, will host a free series of virtual presentations designed to help people quit smoking. The series, which will be broadcast nightly via Facebook Live on the …

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CHRISTIANSBURG – NRVCS (New River Valley Community Services) and Good Samaritan (or “Good Sam”) have announced a joint effort to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications. Officials with the two agencies are working together to help eliminate unused or expired pain medications from homes, also known as opioids, as overdose numbers continue to escalate …

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Kathy Kenley has announced that she will retire from New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) at the end of December. Kenley has been employed by the agency since 1988. Currently serving as a supervisor in Community Wellness & Outreach at NRVCS, the majority of Kenley’s professional career has been devoted to the field of prevention, …

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Safely dispose of your unused or expired medications Law enforcement agencies throughout the New River Valley will once again be participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 24. All collection sites will be open that day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To keep everyone safe, collection sites …

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By Betty Herbert (with Mike Wade) Giles Community Garden is proud to announce the formation of a Healthy Communities Action Team (HCAT). This team has received a three-year, nearly $90,000 grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) based in Richmond, VA. The purpose of the grant is to help the fight against childhood …

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