VIRGINIA BEACH — A free training course for families and friends of those at risk for an opioid overdose, or individuals interested in becoming lay rescuers, is scheduled for the following dates in 2018:
- June 19
- July 17
- Aug. 21
- Sept. 18
- Oct. 16
Presented by the Virginia Beach Human Services Department, Virginia Beach Police Department, Department of Public Health and Emergency Medical Services in Virginia Beach “REVIVE!” trains individuals to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone, a prescription medication, according to a news release from the city’s Human Services Department.
All classes will be at the EMS Training Center, 4160 Virginia Beach Blvd. from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Space is limited and registration is mandatory. To register, call 757-385-0800.
“The REVIVE! Classes have been a success,” Human Services Director Dannette R. Smith said. “Participants are extremely engaged throughout the session, asking questions and are active with the hands-on training related to rescue breathing and Naloxone administration. We will continue to provide this resource as long as there is a demand in the community.”
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.
Emergency department visits for heroin overdose for January-September 2016 increased 89 percent, compared to the same nine-month period in 2015. In the first half of 2016, the total number of fatal drug overdoses in Virginia increased 35 percent, when compared to the same time period in 2015, and in 2013, fatal drug overdoses became the number one cause of unnatural death.
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