First Responder Naloxone Program

Program Information
Order Naloxone & Carrying Cases
REVIVE for First Responders Training
Additional Resources & Information
Resource Guide for First Responders
How to Use Fentanyl Test Strips - Flyer with QR Code


Program Information
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) is managing a First Responder Naloxone grant for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).  The project goals are to increase access and distribution of naloxone to all first responders in the Commonwealth of Virginia, increase participation in the REVIVE! for First Responders training program, and to increase the number of REVIVE! FR Trainers and Master Trainers. 

Naloxone 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.

Organizations eligible to receive FREE naloxone supplies and training through this program include Law Enforcement Agencies (sheriff’s, police, campus, etc.), non-EMS Fire Departments, non-ambulatory EMS agencies, Jails / Correctional Facilities, and State/Regional Probation and Parole offices located in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  There are other agencies that qualify under this grant and requests to participate in this program are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for agencies that are not included in the list above.

To receive Naloxone at no-cost through this grant, agencies must participate in the REVIVE for First Responders training program.  The VACP conducts monthly live, virtual REVIVE! for First Responders Instructors trainings at no cost to the agencies and participants.  Please note, local health departments, CSB’s, and community organizations are not certified nor authorized to conduct the REVIVE for First Responders training program, and the trainings conducted by these agencies do not satisfy the requirements to receive free resources through this program.

Please read below for information on No-Cost Naloxone Supplies, training to administer naloxone, and links to additional information/ resources. NO-COST Naloxone Nasal Spray & Carrying Cases
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is managing a federal grant that covers the cost of naloxone and naloxone carrying cases for first responders in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Agencies that receive resources through this program are required to complete the REVIVE! for First Responders training and to place their orders for naloxone and carrying cases through the vendors contracted by the VACP.  Links for ordering are listed below.  For additional questions and information on this program, please contact Stephanie Diaz (stephanie@vachiefs.org) or AJ Starke (ajstarke@vachiefs.org).
 
No-Cost Naloxone Carrying Cases
Carrying Case Order Form
Pictures of Available Carrying Cases
To obtain a FREE temperature-controlled Naloxone Carrying Case, please use the links above.  These cases are available to first responder agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Because supplies are limited, orders are subject to review before processing.  For general questions, please contact Stephanie Diaz at stephanie@vachiefs.org.
 
No-Cost Naloxone Application / Renewal Request
https://pharmacypartnerprograms.vdh.virginia.gov/cph/r/web/naloxone-org-registration/home?session=3121206838744
If this is your first time ordering naloxone through this program or if it has been more than 1 year since your last order, please use this link to submit a new application to receive free naloxone through the First Responder Naloxone program.  Please check YES on the application if asked if you are “applying through the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) First Responders Program”.  *NOTE: VDH will respond to applications by sending an MOU using DocuSign.  Please watch for this email after submitting an application.

No-Cost Naloxone Order Form
https://redcap.vdh.virginia.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=DJ3YMDL8NP  
Use this form to place an order for naloxone.  You must have a current MOU on file with the Virginia Department of Health for provision of naloxone.  A physicians prescription is not needed.
 
Return Request (disposal of expired/unused naloxone)
https://redcap.vdh.virginia.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=DA3NPWD38Y
Use this form if you have expired or unused naloxone kits that you would like to return to the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Pharmacy Services.

REVIVE! for First Responders Training
REVIVE! is the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (OONE) program for the Commonwealth of Virginia created by DBHDS.  Agencies must complete the REVIVE! for First Responders training to receive free resources through the First Responders Naloxone Program. The training objectives are to increase understanding of the opioid epidemic; become familiarized with the sections of the Virginia Code that apply to opioid overdose and naloxone; understanding harm reduction; risk factors for opioid overdose, the overdose continuum, and how naloxone works; recognizing the signs of opioid overdose and how to effectively respond; the “leave-behind” program; understand the risk factors of fentanyl exposure to first responders; and discuss responder fatigue.

REVIVE! for First Responders Basic Rescuer Training: This 1.5 hour training certifies attendees to carry and administer Naloxone in the event of an opioid overdose emergency.  To request a training in your area or for questions about this training program, please contact AJ Starke at ajstarke@vachiefs.org or (804) 729-4361.

REVIVE! for First Responders Instructors Training: Successful completion of this 3 hour training certifies individuals to become a Certified Instructor of the REVIVE! FR Basic Rescuer training.  Trainers must be active first responders employed in the Commonwealth of Virginia with an up-to-date CPR certification, are required to conduct at least one training a year, and must recertify every three years.  Instructor training sessions are conducted by the VACP once a month.  To view scheduled trainings, please visit the VACP Calendar.  To request a training in your area, please contact AJ Starke at ajstarke@vachiefs.org or (804) 729-4361.

REVIVE! for First Responders Training Resources: Certified REVIVE FR Instructors must be signed into their VACP account in order to access the REVIVE FR Training materials.  For assistance with accessing the REVIVE Trainer Resources page, please contact Stephanie Diaz (stephanie@vachiefs.org) or AJ Starke (ajstarke@vachiefs.org).

REVIVE! Lay Rescuer Training Information and Resources: The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) manages the REVIVE! Lay Rescuer training program.  This program is appropriate for individuals who do not qualify to participate in the First Responders training.  Private citizens may also participate in the REVIVE! Lay Rescue training.  For more information, please go to this link: https://dbhds.virginia.gov/behavioral-health/substance-abuse-services/revive/ or contact the REVIVE! Program Coordinater, Tiana Vazquez, at tiana.vazquez@dbhds.virginia.gov.

Additional Resources & Information

Dangerous Drug Alert

Program Reports

Applicable Sections of the Virginia Code

Commonwealth of Virginia Resources

Opioid Overdose Resources and Information

Naloxone Videos (while not Virginia-specific, useful information)