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REVIVE! is the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (OONE) program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. REVIVE! provides training to professionals, stakeholders, and others on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan ®).

Naloxone is a safe and effective medication that, when administered in time, can reverse an overdose from prescription painkillers or heroin. If you or a loved one use opioids, legal or illicit, you need this training!  

RACSB is now offering the Lay Rescurer training:

  • Lay Rescuer trainings are approximately 60 to 90-minutes 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. 
  • Each attendee will also receive a free Revive kit provided by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, which includes all the supplies needed to administer naloxone.
  • Naloxone can be purchased at the pharmacy without a prescription in Virginia.

Training Dates

July 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Caroline County Community Center (17202 Richmond Turnpike, Milford, VA 22514)

August 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tompkins-Martin Building, Classrooms A & B (1101 Sam Perry Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22401)

Both trainings qualify for FREE Narcan. To receive the free Narcan from the Rappahannock Area Health District, participants will complete a separate consent form.

 

To register, please contact Jennifer Bateman at 540-374-3337.

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REVIVE! is a collaborative effort led by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) working alongside the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Health Professions, recovery community organizations, and other stakeholders.

Virginia is currently under a public health emergency as a result of the opioid addiction crisis.  Virginia has been severely impacted by opioid abuse, particularly the abuse of prescription drugs.

In 1999, the first year for which such data is available, approximately 23 people died from abuse of fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, and oxycodone (the leading prescription opioids abused, commonly referred to as FHMO).

By 2013, the most recent year for which complete data is available, 386 individuals died from the abuse of FHMO, an increase of 1,578%, with fentanyl being the primary substance fueling this increase. In 2013 alone, there was an increase of more than 100% in deaths attributed to fentanyl use.

In 2013, as before in 2011, drug-related deaths happened at a higher per capita level (11.0 deaths per 100,000) than motor vehicle crashes (10.1 per 100,000).

The 2013 data provides evidence of other disturbing trends in Virginia, including a sharp rise in heroin deaths. In 2010, only 49 deaths in Virginia were attributed to heroin use. By 2013, that figure had risen to 213, an increase of 334% in only four years, while cocaine deaths remained relatively level.

Naloxone - Virginia Statewide Standing Order:  A Standing Order serves as a prescription for all Virginians who would like to obtain Naloxone.  Virginia residents can now request Naloxone directly from the pharmacy without out having to visit their doctor or medical provider first.

Naloxone, a prescription medication, is an opioid antagonist drug that reverses the effects that opioids have in the brain. When a person overdoses on opioids, the opioid overwhelms specific receptors in the brain, slowly decreasing respiration and heart rate before finally stopping it altogether. Naloxone has a very high affinity for these receptors and effectively pushes the opioid off of the brain receptor. This action allows a person’s body to resume respiration and respiration. Naloxone has been used for years by emergency medical technicians and emergency room doctors to reverse opioid overdose emergencies. Outside of this singular purpose, naloxone has no effect on the body, and poses no danger to anyone who accidentally administers it to themselves or someone else.

Naloxone is a proven public health response to the epidemic of opioid overdose emergencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that since 1996, when the first program to distribute naloxone to Lay Rescuers (REVIVE!’s terminology for community members who have been trained on naloxone administration) was implemented, 152,283 persons received training on administering naloxone. Those individuals have saved 26,463 lives by administering naloxone to individuals who were experiencing an opioid overdose emergency.

 

Founded in 1970, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides public mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and prevention/early intervention services to the residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford.

 

 
 
 


Rappahannock Area Community Service Board  |  600 Jackson Street  |  Fredericksburg, VA 22401  |  (540) 373-3223