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2018 News Releases

For Immediate Release

Chesterfield Launches Training for Opioid Overdoses

January 10, 2018
Health

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — In an effort to prevent fatal opioid overdoses, Chesterfield County is launching a program to provide training and distribute a free medication, naloxone (also known as NARCAN®), in the community. During the 1.5-hour trainings, participants will learn how to administer naloxone and about resources available in the community.

NARCAN nasal spray is a prescription medication used to treat an opioid emergency, such as an overdose or a possible overdose, when a person has breathing problems and is not able to respond. The nasal spray is fast-acting, safe and easy to administer and may restore breathing and reduce the potentially fatal effects of opioid overdoses.

While using naloxone may temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid emergency, it is still necessary to activate emergency medical services immediately for anyone experiencing an opioid emergency. The medicine in naloxone has no effect on people who are not taking opioid medicines.

Those who should consider having naloxone for an opioid overdose emergency include:

  • Individuals, and their household members, who have experienced an opioid overdose;
  • Those who have used naloxone, or prescribed or non-prescribed opioids (including heroin);
  • Those who have received or are receiving medication for opioid-use disorder (such as naltrexone, methadone or buprenorphine);
  • Those who were recently treated for an overdose, or anyone who has used opioids in the past and quit, including individuals released from incarceration or in-patient treatment programs.

REVIVE! Training Dates 

The medication will be available as part of REVIVE! training sessions held in the community. REVIVE! is the state’s opioid overdose and naloxone education program, and is offered to professionals, stakeholders and others so that they can learn how to recognize and respond to opioid overdose emergencies by administering naloxone.

REVIVE! training sessions in Chesterfield County will be held on:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Chesterfield
  • Tuesday, April 3, 6-7:30 p.m., Chester Library, 11800 Center Street, Chester
  • Tuesday, May 15, 6-7:30 p.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road, Chesterfield
  • Tuesday, June 26, 6-7:30 p.m., North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield

The Chesterfield Health District, which serves residents in Chesterfield County, Powhatan County and the City of Colonial Heights, will provide one box, containing two doses, of naloxone nasal spray to everyone who attends a REVIVE! training. A CPR face shield and a pair of gloves also will be provided. Community members who have already completed the REVIVE! training program may pick up the free naloxone medication during walk-in clinics, held on the first and fourth Friday of each month, 2-3 p.m., at the Chesterfield Health Department, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle, Chesterfield.

For more information, go to www.chesterfield.gov/revive.

Residents with questions regarding naloxone should contact the Chesterfield Health District at 804-748-1691 or their local health department.

 



Contact Person:  Jonathan Kiser
Contact Email: Jonathan.Kiser@vdh.virginia.gov
Contact Phone: 804-751-4364

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