Drug overdoses continue across our community. In recent years, the number of deaths from a heroin overdose have doubled.
While first responders are equipped with medicine to reverse an overdose, there are ways you can help people as the heroin and opioid epidemic continue to plague our county and country.
REVIVE! is a program of the Commonwealth of Virginia that makes naloxone (Narcan®) available to anyone who takes a class to reverse opioid overdoses. Opioids include licit medications like hydrocodone and oxycodone, in addition to illicit drugs like heroin.
REVIVE! trains you on what to do and not do in an overdose situation, how to administer naloxone, and what to do afterwards. Each class attendee also receives a free REVIVE! kit, which includes all the supplies needed to administer naloxone. The medication itself can be acquired at a pharmacy after completing the training.
“This class offers the chance to intervene with the medicine and save a life,” says Peggy Cook, director of CSB’s residential treatment services.
The Community Services Board hosts trainings for anyone to attend, and no advance registration is necessary. A train-the-trainers program is also offered to teach others how to administer naloxone.
Learn more about these classes in this video: