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

Henrico County will offer free classes in November and December 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 start at 5:30 p.m. and be held:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

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.

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