To promote engagement in taking action to combat the opioid crisis and
strengthen alliances to eradicate illicit opioids on the streets of the United States.
Combating the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis affects every segment of society, without regard to class, race, gender, or profession. The response must be equally far-reaching. Together, we can increase awareness on the consequences that the illicit trade of opioids have in our homeland. The main source of these drugs originates from overseas. Mass quantities of opioids are being produced and brought illegally to the United States, contributing to the growing crisis in our country.
In response to the nationwide crisis, ARC is actively working to amplify research and education that addresses the opioid epidemic. ARC volunteers are supplementing existing coursework in proactive ways, we leverage the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Overdose Map to monitor overdose outbreaks in real-time and share results for material planning.
This epidemic is devastating families, we are committed to educating communities that have been affected by the opioid crisis. Law enforcement can only play a certain role in it. There are other facets to fight against the opioid crisis. Providing education to communities is key to stay on top of the evolving trends and concealments.
The opioid epidemic is hurting communities across our nation, none have been immune to its devastating effects; without action, this will continue to fuel the growing opioid crisis in America. Our role in battling the opioid emergency include:
• Assisting and help protecting families from exposure to illegal opioids.
• Identifying bad actors that target our youth and families with the online sales of counterfeit and illicit drugs.
• Reporting unlawful digital marketplaces illegally selling opioids and fake drugs online.
We are committed to disrupt the crisis by continuously identifying and reporting:
• Criminal organizations that illicitly introduce dangerous opioids into the United States.
• Criminal networks that traffic counterfeit medications.
• Criminals who import and distribute narcotics into this country.
• Markets for illicit drugs.
• Dark Net sites
This is a complex issue requiring collaboration from many sectors and is an effort that needs to be supported through resources to be successful. Our efforts to battle against the national crisis include:
• Conducting extensive research on how to make significant improvements in opioids education.
• Tracking, identifying, and sharing data.
• Promoting awareness.
• Promoting prevention.
• Providing resources.
• Coordinating programs to improve the effectiveness of efforts.
• Promoting education through articles, flyers, handouts, online display, and more.
• Align resources and share expertise.
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Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (OONE) for the
Commonwealth of Virginia
American Redwood Consulting (ARC) provides free REVIVE! training 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, and recovery community organizations.
Lay Rescuer Training
1 - 1.5 hour
How opioid overdoses happen
Risk factors for opioid overdoses
How to respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of Naloxone
*Is NOT just for people who are addicted.
If you or a loved one are prescribed powerful narcotic painkillers, you should have naloxone on hand.
Naloxone - Virginia Statewide Standing Order: A 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. 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.