Due to the increasing number of overdoses in the state, the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Division of Disease Prevention (DDP) has begun a Comprehensive Harm Reduction Partner Program (CHRPP). This program allows business, both for-profit and non-profit, to be approved to receive free naloxone (Narcan) from VDH. The goal is to distribute naloxone directly to individuals who take opioids, or to their significant others (family members, relationship partners, close friends, etc.) in order to increase access to this life-saving drug. The CHRPP is possible through collaborations with VDH’s Central Pharmacy and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
The naloxone distributed through this program is a nasal spray, which is easy to administer. Prior to distribution, CHRPP sites must complete:
- Online training in REVIVE, a course that teaches people how to respond to an opioid overdose and administer Naloxone, and
- Online training in harm reduction education and counseling, which provides techniques for providing education in a short, concise manner and to provide one-on-one harm reduction counseling.
Additional technical assistance is also available from DDP.
To apply, access the link in the resources below. Additional questions can be sent to Bruce Taylor, Drug User Health Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 864-8015.
Last Updated: May 27, 2021.