Effective August 1st, 2021,  Richmond and Henrico Health Districts offers in-person Rapid REVIVE each week and two virtual trainings via Zoom. REVIVE! is Virginia’s statewide opioid overdose and naloxone education program, which covers recognizing signs of an opioid overdose and how to respond using naloxone.

  • In-person at RCHD 4-6 pm on Tuesdays, Henrico West  1st and 3rd Thursday, 3-5 pm, Henrico East 2nd and 4th, 3-5 pm
  • Naloxone available at all in-person trainings
  • Virtual First Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm and  Last Thursday from 1:00 to 1:30 pm.
  • No registration is necessary.
  • Virtual training participants can arrange for free, contactless naloxone dispensing after the training.

Go to: zoom.us/join
Meeting ID: 514 839 4896
Passcode: i5S2M8

If you are unable to attend training but would like to be trained on and receive naloxone, please call or text (804) 592-8069.

REVIVE! 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.

Trainings Empower Richmond and Henrico Residents to Become Rescuers
Persons who complete the REVIVE! training are given knowledge and resources needed to save a family member or friend who has overdosed on opioids. REVIVE! is helping people learn how to recognize and respond to opioid overdose emergencies by administering naloxone.


To schedule a training for your organization, please call:

Julie Karr
Opioid Coordinator
Richmond City Health District
(804) 592-8069 (Cell)

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone blocks or reverses the effects of opioids, 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, Richmond City Health District provides dispensing of naloxone free of charge.

[Download the Naloxone Flyer- English]

[Download the Naloxone Flyer- Spanish]





A comprehensive harm reduction program is now available in Richmond!

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Virginia’s second needle exchange program is 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 provides HIV and hepatitis C testing, referrals to substance use treatment and other services alongside the clean syringes that the clinic gives away in exchange for used ones. Free naloxone is available at all comprehensive harm-reduction program sites.

New laws around safe reporting and syringe exchange

Virginia has passed a series of laws that protect people reporting overdoses and those participating in needle exchange programs.

SSB 667: Safe Reporting — Effective July 1, 2020

No one is subject to arrest or prosecution for drugs/paraphernalia if seeking emergency medical attention for themselves or others who are overdosing.Individuals are expected to remain at the scene and identify themselves to emergency services. This law acts as affirmative defense; admitting that there was a crime but offering an explanation or justification for the incident.

VCU Rams in Recovery Flyer: Calling 911 on an Overdose Just Got Safer (PDF)


Virginia law protects participants in needle exchange programs by stating that laws prohibiting the possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, and controlled paraphernalia shall not apply to any person acting on behalf or for the benefit of a comprehensive harm reduction program when such possession is incidental to the provision of services as part of a comprehensive harm reduction program.



Mondays: 5-8pm Health Brigade
1010 N. Thompson St., Back parking lot

Tuesdays mobile: 12-3pm Church Hill
1403 N. 20th St. (at Rogers St. and T St.)

Wednesdays mobile: 12-3pm Northside
On Newbury Ave. near Meadowbridge Rd. (near Simpson’s Market)

Thursdays mobile: 12-3pm Southside
701 Jefferson Davis Hwy & Chicago Ave in the parking lot across from 701 convenience store

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Education, Prevention, Treatment, Recovery for our Region.

The counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico and the city of Richmond recently 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.


Need help finding resources?
Call (804) 205-3500 or 211

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