Opioids: Overdose Prevention

Opioid Overdose Prevention


Richmond and Henrico Health Districts offer virtual REVIVE each week 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.

Weekly Virtual Training

  • Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 pm

Virtual training participants can arrange for free, contactless naloxone dispensing in the Metro Richmond Area. Go to the REVIVE! Registration (opens in new tab) (You will not receive a confirmation email, meeting link is below)

To join: Go to the meeting at zoomgov.com/my/rhhdnaloxone

Enter the password: RHHD 

If you cannot attend training but would like to be trained on and receive naloxone, please call or text (804) 592-8069.


To schedule a training for your organization, please contact the Opioid Response Team at (804) 592-8069 or richmondnaloxonetraining@gmail.com.

Announcing: Spike Alert

Sign up to be notified when there is a spike in opioid overdoses occurring in the greater Richmond community. A spike in overdoses may signify the presence of illegal or diverted prescription drugs in the community that are more potent or more likely to cause an overdose, which can be helpful information for individuals who might use opioids.

No matter what you use or how you use it—carry naloxone, go slow, and have a buddy.

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.

The over-the-counter naloxone nasal spray sold under the brand name NARCAN is now available at most major pharmacies. Residents can purchase 2-dose boxes of Narcan from a pharmacy or can receive Narcan for free from Richmond and Henrico Health District locations. To receive Narcan or naloxone training from RHHD, please call our Opioid Response Team at (804) 592-8069.


[Download the Naloxone Flyer- English- PDF, 130KB]

[Download the Naloxone Flyer- Spanish- PDF, 130KB ]




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 (opens in new tab). 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.



5-8 pm Health Brigade back parking lot (1010 N. Thompson St.)

12pm-3pm Church Hill, Lucks Field (Rogers St. and “T” Street)

12pm-3pm Northside Location (Corner of North Ave and Wickham St.)

12pm-3pm Southside (Corner of Dinwiddie and Jefferson Davis)

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Education, Prevention, Treatment, Recovery for our Region.

Bounce Back From Addiction 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. Visit the Bounce Back From Addiction website (opens in new tab).