***NEW*** - GOVERNOR DECLARES OPIOID ADDICTION CRISIS A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY IN VIRGINIA. Click here for more information on what you can do.
The following entities and associations support the expansion of naloxone access programs (click on the name for more information):
International Overdose Awareness Day - In communities nationwide, first responders, police officers, and community members are saving lives every day by using the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone. For International Overdose Awareness Day, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen and Montgomery County (MD) Police Chief Thomas Manger recorded a video (click here) about how to administer naloxone and how it can save lives so people can get the treatment they need.
Law enforcement agencies gradually embrace anti-overdose drug - Roanoke Times Article.
Virginia Governor attends RAM Health Clinic: Virginia Governor attends RAM Health Clinic; also a group from DBHDS was on hand to provide more than 300 samples of the overdose drug Naloxone or Narcan.
Virginia Pharmacists Association (VPhA)
Click here for VPhA's protocol when prescribing and dispensing naloxone.
PATH Foundation Grant Equips Warrenton Police with Overdose Medication - The PATH Foundation has awarded a $2,500 "Make It Happen" grant to the Warrenton Police Department to fund the REVIVE! Project.
Virginia Department of Health Professions Announcement - This communication released by the Board of Pharmacy provides more information for pharmacists about expanded access to naloxone in the Commonwealth.
REVIVE! Pharmacy Dispensing Brochure - This brochure is designed for pharmacists to distribute along with naloxone. It includes information about opioids, opioid overdose emergencies, and how to administer naloxone.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, June 29, 2015 - This edition of the MMWR covers a number of topics, including the report "Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs Providing Naloxone to Laypersons — United States, 2014." This report was generated from the data that collected in the 2014 National Naloxone Survey, including updated data showing that as of June 2014, there are now 644 local take-home naloxone programs in 30 states and the District of Columbia, and a total of 26,463 drug overdose reversals using naloxone, after having trained and provided naloxone to 152,283 people. This portion of the report starts on page 631.
Report on the Pilot Program for Opioid Overdose Reversal (REVIVE)
Pursuant to House Bill 1672 from the 2013 Legislative Session, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services prepared this report, which provides more information about the development and implementation of Project REVIVE in the Commonwealth.
Incorporating Overdose Prevention, Response and Experience into Substance Use Disorder Treatment
This guide, produced by the Illinois co-Occurring Center for Excellence, discusses how the topics of past and future overdose can be incorporated into substance use disorder treatment in order to enhance outcomes.
NASADAD Fact Sheet on Opioids
This fact sheet provides an overview of opioids, including their scope of use, a discussion of evidenced-based cost-effective treatment options, and other information.
SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Toolkit
This toolkit offers community members and local governments tips and tools for developing policies and practices to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. It comprises five separate booklets, each designed for a specific audience (patients, prescribers, first responders, community members, and survivors and family members).
Bureau of Justice Assistance's Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit
The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit is a clearinghouse of resources to support law enforcement agencies in establishing a naloxone program. The Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit was developed at the urging of the Attorney General in response to the growing opioid overdose epidemic.
Spotlght on REVIVE
REVIVE program spotlighted in Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Boards' newsletter "Beacon"
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 1427 - Death caused by controlled substance; penalty.
- HB 1458 - Naloxone; administration in cases of opiate overdose.
- HB 1500 - Safe reporting of overdoses.
- HB 1833 - Law-enforcement officers; administration of naloxone.
- SB 892 - Safe reporting of overdoses.
- SB 1186 - Naloxone; administration in cases of opiate overdose.