About 60,000 people died from drug overdoses last year in the United States, and experts expect that number to grow. The Fredericksburg area has not been immune to the escalating opioid epidemic. Last year, 72 people in Planning District 16 died from opioid overdoses, according to preliminary statistics from the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In an effort to stem the rising tide of deaths, Rappahannock Area Community Services Board now offers REVIVE! training.
The free training helps individuals learn how to recognize an opioid overdose and how to use naloxone to reverse an overdose. Anyone who has a friend or relative using opioids should attend the training. Each attendee will receive a free REVIVE! kit provided by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The kit includes the supplies needed to administer naloxone. The opioid antidote can be purchased at pharmacies without a prescription in Virginia.
“We see the impact of the opioid epidemic daily at RACSB. Many of the individuals who come to us for treatment credit naloxone for saving their lives,” said Deputy Executive Director Jane Yaun. “It is important for community members to know how to use the antidote. After individuals are revived, we hope they will come to RACSB to receive treatment to overcome addiction.”
To register for our next training or to learn more, contact Jennifer Bateman at 540/374-3337. Find more details here. (Please link to the REVIVE! Page found in substance use disorder services.)
By the Numbers:
Opioid overdoses: 2014: 3; 2015: 2; 2016: 9
Opioid overdoses: 2014: 3; 2015: 7; 2015: 10
King George County:
Opioid overdoses: 2014: 4; 2015: 3; 2016: 5
Opioid overdoses: 2014: 8; 2015: 18; 2016: 27
Opioid overdoses: 2014: 8; 2015: 17; 2016: 21
(Source: the Virginia Department of Health Fatal Drug Overdose Quarterly Report. Numbers from 2016 are preliminary.)