Multiple health departments across Southwest Virginia are offering classes for community members on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose.
The training classes will teach participants how to use Narcan, a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
“It is one of many hard-reduction strategies that the state is trying to use to reduce opioid overdoses across the state,” said Michelle McPheron, a Nurse Manager at the Scott County Health Department.
Narcan only treats overdoses caused by opioids and heroin. It does not work for overdoses caused by other drugs like methamphetamine.
Since the training program started in 2017, the Virginia Department of Health has distributed over 1,800 Narcan kits in Southwest Virginia.
The training takes about 30 minutes or less to complete. It is free and open to the public, with no pre-registration required.
After completing the training, the health department provides participants with a Narcan kit at no cost. The kit includes two doses of Narcan, gloves and a CPR mask.
“We felt like this gave a resource to friends and family members of people as well as the people themselves who suffer from addiction to be able to have access to Narcan,” said McPheron.
The training classes will be offered during the month of April in Lee, Scott and Wise counties at these health departments:
- Wise County Health Department:134 Roberts Ave., Wise, VA
Friday, April 12 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Scott County Health Department: 190 Beech St., Suite 102, Gate City, VA
Tuesday, April 16 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Lee County Health Department: 134 Roberts AveHill St., SW, Jonesville, VA
Thursday, April 25 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.