Henrico to offer free classes on reviving someone after an opioid overdose

Henrico County will offer a series of free classes 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 classes are being presented by Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services in partnership with the Henrico County Health Department. The classes have been developed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Participation is open to the public and includes a dose of naloxone, but registration is required. To sign up, go to surveymonkey.com/r/3DF332Y. After selecting a session, registrants should enter “Henrico” as the trainer. For help registering, call (804) 727-8925.

The classes will be held:

• Thursday, June 13, 6 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road;

• Thursday, May 30, 6 p.m. at Henrico Arms Apartments, 1566 Edge Lawn Circle;

• Tuesday, June 18, 9 a.m. at Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP), 1103 Oliver Hill Way;

• Tuesday, July 23, 5:30 p.m. at Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services, 10299 Woodman Road; and

• Thursday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m. at the Henrico County Mental Health East Clinic, 3908 Nine Mile Road.

Naloxone is available from pharmacists in Virginia without a prescription. The drug 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 provides hands-on instruction on how to administer the nasal-spray form of the drug.

For resources and information on overcoming an addiction, go to opioidsolutionsrva.com or bouncebackhc.com.