Narcan training class in Virginia jam-packed with residents eager to learn

Narcan training class in Fairfax packed with residents eager to learn (ABC7)

In another sign of the ever growing heroin epidemic raging across local communities, a training room was jam packed today with residents who wanted to learn how to administer the lifesaving drug, Narcan.

The 2015 stats show the number of people who died from heroin and prescription drug overdoses in the state of Virginia was more than 800, demonstrating that the crisis is worsening, as the numbers are up from the year before.

Part of the state's answer to the epidemic was to create a pilot program called Revive Statewide. In Tuesday morning's class at the Community Services Board in Merrifield, almost every seat was taken.

It was a free hour-long training session that anyone can attend and learn how to administer Naxolone, also known as Narcan.

It's a nasal spray, also in an injectable form, reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. The drug can bring people back to life after an overdose.

Fairfax County has been holding two free training sessions per month and report the classes are usually full.

"A lot of people are learning about the opioid overdose epidemic on the news, and a lot of people are feeling empowered by the training; feeling like they have something they can do to fight back," explained Lauren Krauze, a trainer and substance abuse counselor.

Also planned tonight in the fight against drugs, a county-wide Heroin Town Hall. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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