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REVIVE! is the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (OONE) program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. REVIVE! provides training to professionals, stakeholders, and others on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan ®).  REVIVE! is a collaborative effort led by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) working alongside the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Health Professions, recovery community organizations such as the McShin Foundation, OneCare of Southwest Virginia, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia (SAARA), and other stakeholders.

REVIVE! offers two different types of trainings:

  • Lay Rescuer trainings are between 1-1.5 hours long.  This training covers understanding opioids, how opioid overdoses happen, risk factors for opioid overdoses, and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of Naloxone. 
  • Lay Rescuer Training of Trainers is approximately 3 hours long and covers everything in the lay rescuer training with additional focus and discussion of each specific training objective to ensure a thorough understanding of the materials trainers will be presenting on.  This training teaches trainers how to conduct trainings and is appropriate for individuals who intend on leading trainings in the community.

For information on upcoming REVIVE! trainings, visit the Events tab at the bottom of the page.  Law enforcement is required to go through a separate Law Enforcement Officer training offered directly through DBHDS.  To request the Law Enforcement REVIVE! training for your agency, please contact

Virginia is currently under a public health emergency as a result of the opioid addiction crisis.  Virginia has been severely impacted by opioid abuse, particularly the abuse of prescription drugs. In 1999, the first year for which such data is available, approximately 23 people died from abuse of fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, and oxycodone (the leading prescription opioids abused, commonly referred to as FHMO). By 2013, the most recent year for which complete data is available, 386 individuals died from the abuse of FHMO, an increase of 1,578%, with fentanyl being the primary substance fueling this increase. In 2013 alone, there was an increase of more than 100% in deaths attributed to fentanyl use. In 2013, as before in 2011, drug-related deaths happened at a higher per capita level (11.0 deaths per 100,000) than motor vehicle crashes (10.1 per 100,000).

 This 2015 data provides evidence of other disturbing trends in Virginia, including a sharp rise in Opioid deaths.

Currently, the number of overdose deaths related to opioids continues to rise as seen in this chart on all opioid deaths in Virginia.

Naloxone - Virginia Statewide Standing OrderA Standing order serves as a prescription for all Virginians who would like to obtain Naloxone.  Virginia residents can now request Naloxone directly from the pharmacy without out having to visit their doctor or medical provider first.

Naloxone, a prescription medication, is an opioid antagonist drug that reverses the effects that opioids have in the brain. When a person overdoses on opioids, the opioid overwhelms specific receptors in the brain, slowly decreasing respiration and heart rate before finally stopping it altogether. Naloxone has a very high affinity for these receptors and effectively pushes the opioid off of the brain receptor. This action allows a person’s body to resume respiration and respiration. Naloxone has been used for years by emergency medical technicians and emergency room doctors to reverse opioid overdose emergencies. Outside of this singular purpose, naloxone has no effect on the body, and poses no danger to anyone who accidentally administers it to themselves or someone else.

Naloxone is a proven public health response to the epidemic of opioid overdose emergencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that since 1996, when the first program to distribute naloxone to Lay Rescuers (REVIVE!’s terminology for community members who have been trained on naloxone administration) was implemented, 152,283 persons received training on administering naloxone. Those individuals have saved 26,463 lives by administering naloxone to individuals who were experiencing an opioid overdose emergency.

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Please view the tabs below for more about REVIVE! If you need further information, you can send an email to



  • Alexandria
  • Bridgewater ***Free Naloxone - Registration Required***
    • May 2, 5:30 pm, Bridgewater Rescue Squad, Bridgewater, VA.  Register HERE.  For more information, contact Tracy Koblish or Lydia Walker at 540-434-1941.
  • Chesterfield
  • Elkton
  • Fairfax
    • Chris Atwood Foundation:  The last Wednesday of each month - click here to register
    • Merrifield Center: 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax Room LL-419 Lower Level East.  Contact Lauren Krause to register at 703-383-8423
    • A New Beginning: Every 3rd Sunday at 4213 Walney Rd Chantilly, VA 20151. Preregistration required.  Contact Miranda Gillespie: 703 502-7021 or Lisa Taylor: 703 502-7016
    •  Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Boothe Center.  For more information, contact: Karen Smith or 276-964-6702.
  • Hampton-
    • Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board - 300 Hampton, VA 23666 in the Seminar Room.
      • June 27th 1pm-3pm
      • August 10th   1pm-3pm
      • November 22nd 1pm-3pm
  • Harrisonburg ***Free Naloxone, Registration Required***
    • May 9, 5:30 pm, Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, Reservoir St., Harrisonburg, VA.  Register HERE.  For more information, contact Tracy Koblish or Lydia Walker at 540-434-1941.
  • Lexington ***Free Naloxone, Registration Required***
    • Monday, May 1 @ 6:30, Lexington Fire Department- 708 S. Main St., Lexington, VA.  Register HERE.  For more information, contact Erica Orren at

  • Norfolk
    • Norfolk Community Services Board currently offers trainings.  View their website for updated training list.
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke
    • Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare: 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm, 611 McDowell Ave. Roanoke Va., 24012.  Click here to connect to their website.  To register, contact Steve Ratliff, (540) 266-9200 or
  • Stuart
  • Suffolk
    • Western Tidewater CSB: 135 South Saratoga Street, Suffolk, 23434, in the 2nd floor conference roomTo register contact Terry Carroll at
      • May 18th              9am-10:30am
      • June 15th             9am-10:30am
      • July 20th              9am-10:30am
      • August 17th          3pm-4:30pm
      • September 21st     9am-10:30am
      • October 19th         9am-10:30am
      • November 16th      9am-10:30am
      • December 21st       3pm-4:30pm
  • Tazewell ***Free Naloxone For First 25 Participants***
  • Virginia Beach
    • VB DHS, PD, DPH, and EMS: 477 Viking Drive, Suite 130 Virginia Beach 5:30-7pm.  Registration Required: Call 757-385-0800 to register.
      • May 16th
      • June 20th
      • July 18th


  • Christiansburg: Tuesday, May 9th 1pm-4pm.  Carilion New River Valley Medical Center: 2900 Tyler Rd, Christiansburg, Va 24073.  Registration required - Register HERE. For more information, contact Charlie Tarasidis at 540-731-2000.
  • Fairfax:
    • Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax Room LL-419 Lower Level East. 
      • Tuesday 4/27/17- 11:30am- 2:30pm. Merrifield Center LL-419 (Lower Level East) – Register HERE.  For more information, contact the Chris Attwood Foundation at 703-489-0402.

      • Tuesday 6/20/17- 11:30am-2:30pm. Merrifield Center LL-419 (Lower Level East) – Register HERE. For more information, contact Lauren Krause at 703-383-8423.




  • Virginia AWARE - Here you will find information of where to find treatment if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, access to resources in your part of Virginia, and the latest research and data on this crisis. 


These are the bills that have been filed for the 2015 Virginia General Assembly Session that are relevant to REVIVE! Click on the bill number for more information.

  • HB 1427Death caused by controlled substance; penalty. 
  • HB 1458Naloxone; administration in cases of opiate overdose. 
  • HB 1500Safe reporting of overdoses. 
  • HB 1833Law-enforcement officers; administration of naloxone. 
  • SB 892Safe reporting of overdoses. 
  • SB 1186Naloxone; administration in cases of opiate overdose.