Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia – Governor’s Press Release
The counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico and the city of Richmond today launched a website and a yearlong media campaign under the name Opioid Solutions RVA to highlight the dangers of opioid use and to connect those struggling with addiction to information, treatment and resources.
The website — OpioidSolutionsRVA.com — provides a comprehensive, regionally-focused clearinghouse of information about opioids as well as services available for treatment, recovery and prevention. It directs those needing immediate help or recovery support to resources, and it offers practical guidance, for example, on discussing pain-relieving alternatives with a doctor as well as what parents can do if their child is suspected of using drugs.
A comprehensive harm reduction program is now available in Richmond!
Virginia’s second needle exchange program – an initiative aimed at reducing the risk of spreading bloodborne disease by offering clean needles to injection drug users in Richmond.
The Health Brigade, formerly the Fan Free Clinic, is offering a comprehensive harm-reduction program. It will have HIV and hepatitis C testing, referrals to substance abuse treatment and other services alongside the clean syringes that the clinic will give away in exchange for used ones.
The program will operate from 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays. The Health Brigade is located at 1010 N. Thompson Street in Richmond.
Learn how to recognize and reverse an opioid overdose
REVIVE! is the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. REVIVE! provides training to everyone on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan ®). Anyone can take the REVIVE! training. There are no special requirements.
If you are located in the City of Richmond and would like to schedule a training for your organization, please call Kate Bausman at 804-205-3730. See image below for obtaining Naloxone from the Richmond City Health District.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Naloxone is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation. This medicine should not be used in place of emergency medical care for an overdose. Always call EMS or 9-1-1 immediately.
Make sure you obtain and carry naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose. You can save a life.
You can get naloxone at pharmacies such as Walgreens or CVS Pharmacy. Additionally, RCHD is providing Naloxone free of charge for those who cannot afford it. See image below for more information: