ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is offering a free ‘Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education’ program to all Virginians.

On Wednesday, March 29th, the FDA announced that Naloxone (commonly known as Narcan) will soon be offered as an over-the-counter product at drug stores across the nation. Narcan is a life-saving nasal-spray medication used to reverse opioid overdose. Customers will no longer need a prescription to purchase this life-saving medication.

REVIVE!,’ a Commonwealth program, provides training on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency. The Roanoke City Health Department will hold in-person ‘REVIVE!’ training sessions every second Thursday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registration for the program can be accessed here.

Online training sessions will take place every third Tuesday of the month from noon to 1:30 p.m. Virtual registration can be accessed here.

The VDH also offers free fentanyl test strips, which can detect the presence of fentanyl in drugs. Those interested can fill out a short form at any doctor’s office to receive up to 10 test strips.

By taking advantage of these resources, individuals can take steps to protect themselves and their communities from the harmful effects of drug use.”

The Virginia Department of Health