Henrico to offer July 20 class on treating opioid overdoses with naloxone

The Henrico County Division of Fire and Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS) will present a free class Thursday, July 20 on how to administer naloxone to potentially save the life of someone who has overdosed on opioids.

The Revive! Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education for Virginia class will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the MH/DS offices at 4825 S. Laburnum Ave.

The class, developed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, is open to the public. Participation will be limited to the first 50 registrants. To sign up, go to surveymonkey.com/r/9Q35Q6T or call (804) 727-8574. Callers will be asked to leave an email address where they can receive a link to register for the class.

Naloxone is available in Virginia from pharmacists without a prescription, and it can temporarily reverse the toxic effects of an opioid or heroin overdose, allowing time to seek professional medical attention. Naloxone is available in a generic form and under the brand name Narcan. The Revive! class will provide hands-on instruction on how to administer the drug in its nasal spray form.