Project REVIVE!

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REVIVE! is a pilot program of the Commonwealth of Virginia which makes naloxone (Narcan ®) available to lay rescuers to reverse opioid overdoses. A collaborative effort with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) taking the lead, the project includes 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.

Virginia has been severely impacted by opioid abuse, particularly the abuse of prescription drugs. In 2012, 354 citizens died as the result of misuse of fentanyl, methadone, hydrocodone, and/or oxycodone, an increase of more than 1,400 percent since these data were first tracked by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in 1999. The deaths related to all opioids, including heroin, are even higher. In 2011, for the first time ever, drug-related deaths happened at a higher per capita level than motor vehicle crashes -- 9.6 deaths per 100,000 for drug-related deaths versus 9.4 deaths per 100,000 for motor vehicle crashes.


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