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Naloxone training to prevent opioid overdoses expands in Richmond region

A kit provided by the REVIVE! program. The kit includes a brochure on how to use naloxone, a package of Narcan nasal spray, gloves and a CPR shield.
Meghin Moore
VPM News
An example of a kit provided through the REVIVE! program, also known as the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education for the commonwealth. The kit features Narcan, the brand name for naloxone.

Access and training on how to administer the life-saving drug recently expanded in Richmond.

Richmond had the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in Virginia last year. Preliminary numbers from the Virginia Department of Health for 2023 have Richmond outpacing other cities and counties.

To combat that, the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are trying to get naloxone, the overdose reversal nasal spray, into the hands of more people for free.

It’s offering twice weekly virtual trainings through REVIVE!, a statewide program to educate Virginians on the signs of overdose and how to administer naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan.

As of August, the drug and training are available in-person at the Health District’s Resource Centers — which are located in Richmond’s public housing complexes and Southwood Apartments.

Health districts around the state, including the neighboring Chickahominy and Chesterfield districts, offer trainings and naloxone at no cost.

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