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 Wednesday, April 6.
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.
The course will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 1243 Bayne Drive. Space is limited to 15 individuals and registration is mandatory. To register, call (757) 385-0866.
“We’re glad to be able to offer the community this life-saving resource,” Human Services Director Dannette R. Smith said. “There is a national epidemic. ‘REVIVE!’ is just one response. Naloxone saves lives when properly administered. Preparing for and conducting the training course has been a team effort with the Virginia Beach Police Department, 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, 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.