May “REVIVE!” Training Course Announced: Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A free training course for families and friends of Virginia Beach residents at risk for an opioid overdose, or individuals interested in becoming lay rescuers, is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17.

Sponsored by the Virginia Beach Human Services Department, “REVIVE!” trains individuals to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of Naloxone, a prescription medication. This will be the second REVIVE! training course conducted by the department.

The course will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services, 477 Viking Drive, Suite 130. Space is limited to 20 individuals and registration is mandatory. To register, call (757) 385-0866.

“The first training course was a success,” Human Services Director Dannette R. Smith said. “Participants were extremely engaged throughout the session, asked questions and were active with the hands on training related to rescue breathing and Naloxone administration. We will continue to provide this resource as long as there’s a demand in the community. Preparing for and conducting the training course has been a team effort with the Virginia Beach Police Department, the Public Health Department and Emergency Medical Services."

Virginia has been severely affected by opioid abuse, particularly the abuse of prescription drugs, according to the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. In 1999, approximately 23 people statewide died from abuse of fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, and oxycodone. By 2013, 386 individuals died from the abuse of these drugs, an increase of 1,578 percent. In Virginia Beach in 2015, there were 135 documented heroin overdoses, resulting in 34 deaths.

The mission of the Human Services Department is to provide Virginia Beach citizens the opportunity to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency, safety and quality of life through an array of coordinated services delivered in a climate of dignity, respect and accountability.  Learn more about Human Services at www.VBgov.com/hs.

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