City wants to teach people how to save loved ones during opioid overdose

VIRGINIA BEACH – The city will provide a free course this month to teach people how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose.

The course, called “REVIVE!”, is “for families and friends of Virginia Beach residents at risk for an opioid overdose, or individuals interested in becoming lay rescuers,” according to a release. It will train people to recognize and respond to an overdose by administering Naloxone, a prescription medication.

The training session is 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 19 at the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services, 477 Viking Drive, Suite 130. It is a joint effort by the city’s Human Services, Police, Public Health and Emergency Medical Services departments.

Overdoses from opioid and prescription drug have been on the rise in the city and state. In 1999, about 23 people in Virginia died from abuse of fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, and oxycodone, according to the city’s release. In 2013, 386 people died from the drugs. Virginia Beach recorded 135 heroin overdoses and 34 deaths in 2015.

The “REVIVE!” course is limited to 20 participants. Registration is mandatory. To register, call (757) 385-0800.

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