Opioid overdoses have claimed many lives, and the Fredericksburg area has not been immune to the escalating opioid epidemic. In an effort to stem the rising tide of deaths, we now offer 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 a training session. 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.
The governor issued a standing order for naloxone after declaring the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. This is because opioid addiction is ravishing the state. In 2016, 1,133 Virginians died from opioid overdoses, according to preliminary reports.
To register for an upcoming training or to learn more, contact Sherry Norton-Williams at 540/374-3337, ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please your name, email, date and location of the class you wish to attend. You could also register online.
The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services provides REVIVE! with help from the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Health Professions, recovery community organizations, and other stakeholders.