REVIVE! Opioid Naloxone Education Training for Lay Rescuers is happening on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 10:00AM EST at Slover Library and It's Free
REVIVE! offers two types of trainings:
Lay Rescuer trainings are between 1-1.5 hours long. This training covers understanding opioids, how opioid overdoses happen, risk factors for opioid overdoses, and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of Naloxone. NARCAN will be available to dispense to any registered participants!
Since 2013, fatal drug overdose has been the leading method of unnatural death in Virginia, surpassing all other forms of unnatural death including homicide, suicide, motor vehicles accidents, and undetermined deaths. Opioids have been the driving force behind the large increases in fatal overdoses since 2013. In 2019, there were 1,289 deaths from all-opioids which includes all versions of fentanyl, heroin, prescription opioids and U-47700 (an illicitly manufactured synthetic opioid). (OCME Quarterly Report).
What is naloxone?
Naloxone is a prescription medicine that reverses opioid overdoses. It works by temporarily blocking the effects of opioids and helps the person to breathe again. Naloxone is the generic name but can be found under the branded name of Narcan.
How can I get naloxone?
Although naloxone is a prescription medicine, Virginia – like many states – has passed laws making it available as a standing order. The statewide standing order allows pharmacists in Virginia to dispense naloxone without requiring an individual prescription. Many community based organizations have also established a standing orders to allow community dispensing.
Anyone can access naloxone by:
Getting a prescription from their doctor; or using the standing order written for the general public; or Virginia’s Local Health Departments and some Community Services Boards at no cost. Please call your local agency to check for availability.
For more information about the standing order, see Virginia’s Naloxone Standing Order (PDF).
Pharmacists can find more information about dispensing naloxone at the Virginia Pharmacists Association website.
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