Carry Narcan. Save a Life.

Page updated on Sep 29, 2020 at 4:22 PM

Narcan/Naloxone

What is Narcan?

If given in time, Narcan® (also known as Naloxone) can save the life of someone who is overdosing from opioids. It can stop an overdose and restore normal breathing until emergency response can arrive.

During times of individual and collective stress, there is a potential for increased opioid use as a way to self-medicate. Opioids, used in tandem with alcohol or other “downers” (such as Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and sleep medications) are particularly dangerous, and Narcan can save lives while help is on the way. 

This medication is not just for people with an opioid dependence or addiction. If you or a loved one are prescribed opioid painkillers, or are taking opioids, you should have Narcan on hand. The Virginia Board of Medicine requires that physicians prescribe Narcan if opioid prescriptions exceed 120 MME per day.

How can I get free Narcan?

Narcan is available for free from the Alexandria Health Department by calling 703.746.4888 or from the City’s Opioid Response Coordinator by calling 703.746.3326.

You can also request Narcan to be mailed to you by emailing your name and mailing address to the City’s Opioid Response Coordinator at emily.bentley@alexandriava.gov. There is no cost for the Narcan or mailing.

What are REVIVE! Trainings?

UPDATE: The City’s REVIVE! Opioid Overdose and Narcan Trainings are temporarily postponed due to physical distancing requirements.

Learn how to spot and reverse an opioid overdose. The Department of Community and Human Services hosts free REVIVE! training sessions to teach any member of the public about opioids, how opioid overdoses happen, the risk factors for opioid overdoses, and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency using Narcan/Naloxone. If you or a loved one are prescribed opioid painkillers, or are taking opioids, you should take this training and have Narcan/Naloxone on hand. Participants receive a free medical kit and Narcan/Naloxone upon the completion of training. No RSVP or registration is required.

For More Information

For upcoming dates, please see the City Calendar. For questions or more information about REVIVE! trainings in Alexandria, contact:

Emily Bentley, LPC, CAADC
City of Alexandria Opioid Response Coordinator 
Office Phone: 703.746.3326

For more information about REVIVE! training programs in Virginia, visit the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services website.

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