Virginia county offers opioid overdose guidance

Loudoun County, Va., is offering residents another in a series of training sessions targeting opioid overdose recognition and response.

The Revive! session slated Feb. 27, at the offices of the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services (MHSADS), is free and covers signs of opioid overdose; and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone, a drug that can be used to treat narcotic overdoses in emergency situations.

The REVIVE! program, which serves as the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education program for the Commonwealth of Virginia, is sponsored by the Loudoun County Community Services Board, MHSADS, and the Loudoun County Health Department.

Registered participants completing the training will be eligible to receive free naloxone nasal spray from the Loudoun County Health Department. Training is open to the public, but classroom space is limited and advanced registration is required.

Anyone who uses opioids or knows someone who is using opioids is encouraged to attend, pre-registration is first come, first served. Those interested in attending may register online at loudoun.gov/revive.

Anyone seeking more information about the opioid overdose reversal training is asked to contact the MHSADS Prevention and Intervention Program at 571-258-3365.

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