From January to June 2017, more than one person a day overdosed on opioids in the greater Prince William area, according to Heather Martinsen, the Prince William County Community Services Board Health and Wellness Supervisor.
To counter opioid overdoses, the county's Community Services agency is partnering with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Prevention Alliance of Greater Prince William and the Chris Atwood Foundation to provide REVIVE! training to people in the community. The training sessions are free and will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 at the Sudley North Government Building at 7987 Ashton Ave. in Manassas.
REVIVE! is a state program that makes naloxone available to lay rescuers to reverse opioid overdoses, Martinsen said. "We are hoping to educate community members about opioids, but also train them to administer intranasal naloxone if they find themselves in the position to revive someone who is experiencing an overdose. The training includes information about different types of opioids, the effects on a person's body, what to do if someone is experiencing an overdose, and how naloxone reverses an overdose."
Everyone who attends a REVIVE! training session will learn what to do in case of an overdose and receive a free kit with all of the supplies needed to administer naloxone, Martinsen said. "We are fortunate to be able to distribute intranasal Narcan at no-cost to participants in January. Unfortunately, we were recently informed that we may not be able to provide no-cost Narcan after January due to a supply shortage at the state level. Narcan is available, however, at any pharmacy to any community member, through a standing order by the Virginia Health Commissioner. The cost can vary depending on a person's insurance."
The training is open to anyone in the community and is recommended for those who use opioids or know someone who uses opioids. To register for one of the training sessions, call 703-792-7739 or register online. You can register for the Jan. 18 training at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H3P8RV6 or register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HGWHVV7 for the Jan. 25 training.
For more information about opioid prevention and treatment efforts in our community please contact the PWC Community Services Behavioral Health Wellness Team at 703-792-7739, email HMartinsen@pwcgov.org, or visit www.pwcgov.org/cs.