Community members are invited to attend a REVIVE! Lay Rescuer Training of Trainers course on Friday, June 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Community Room A at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave. in Manassas. The goal of the training is to teach lay people to train others on how to identify an opioid overdose and how to respond by providing naloxone, a synthetic drug that reverses an overdose.
The training will teach people how to understand the effects of opioids, how opioid overdoses happen, risk factors for opioid overdoses, and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency. The course will also focus specific training objectives to ensure a thorough understanding of the materials trainers will present. It will also teach people how to go into the community to conduct trainings and is appropriate for anyone who intends to lead training in the community, according to Isabella Haene, the Medical Reserve Corps coordinator with the Prince William Health District.
Haene said the community involvement is important because of all the people who are touched by the opioid epidemic. "Anyone can be affected by an opioid overdose, whether through a family member, friend, neighbor, peer or personally. We need lay people to become the first line of defense against opioid overdoses until professional medical assistance can arrive on scene. Anyone trained in REVIVE! could potentially save a life. "
It's important for people who have overdosed to get medical help, even as Naloxone is administered, Haene said. "It is highly important to note that if an individual experiences an opioid overdose, they should receive medical attention as soon as possible. It is imperative that 911 is called immediately if there is a suspected opioid overdose."
Visit the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services website for more information. Registration is required and space is limited.