An upcoming training will help county residents become more informed on opioids and overdoses.
A REVIVE! Lay Rescuer Training of Trainers course will be offered at Bull Run Regional Library in Manassas on June 1.
The training will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Community Room A, according to a release from the county.
Participants will learn to identify an opioid overdose and administer the synthetic drug Naloxone, which can be used to reverse an overdose.
The course will also teach attendees the effects of opioids, how overdoses occur, and how they can conduct trainings.
Isabella Haene, the Prince William Health District’s Medical Reserve Corps coordinator, said it’s important for the community to get involved because of those impacted by the opioid epidemic.
“Anyone can be affected by an opioid overdose, whether through a family member, friend, neighbor, peer or personally,” Haene said in a release. “We need lay people to become the first line of defense against opioid overdoses until professional medical assistance can arrive on scene. Anyone trained in REVIVE! could potentially save a life.”
Medical attention is needed, even if Naloxone has been provided to someone experiencing an overdose.
“It is highly important to note that if an individual experiences an opioid overdose, they should receive medical attention as soon as possible,” Haene said. “It is imperative that 911 is called immediately if there is a suspected opioid overdose.”
Registration for the course is required, and space is limited.
To learn more about the the REVIVE! Training, visit the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services website.
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