FAIRFAX, Va. (WRIC) — In response to the growing heroin epidemic in America, the Department of Behavioral Health and Development is hosting training sessions on how to administer the lifesaving drug ‘Narcan.’
Narcan, or naloxone, is a nasal spray that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, and can bring people back to life if they are having an overdose.
At Tuesday’s training in Fairfax, the room was packed with residents wanting to learn through the Revive Statewide program. Training sessions are free and last about an hour. Right now, they’re only available in Fairfax and Alexandria, but DBH has online resources as well. Click here to see them.
“A lot of people are learning about the opioid overdose epidemic on the news, and a lot of people are feeling empowered by the training; feeling like they have something they can do to fight back,” explained Lauren Krauze, a trainer and substance abuse counselor.
In 2015, more than 700 people died from drug overdoses in Virginia. In Richmond, paramedics said earlier this month they respond to a drug overdose at least once a day.