Meg Donnelly | Massage • Mindful Mobility
REVIVE! Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education Trained
As a responsible and caring massage therapist, I understand the importance of being prepared for emergency situations that may arise in my studio. That's why, in addition to being CPR, AED, First Aid and Mental Health First Aid trained, I recently completed the REVIVE! opioid overdose and naloxone education training, available through Fairfax County Community Services Board and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
This training has equipped me with the knowledge and skills needed to respond quickly and effectively in case of an opioid overdose, with a focus not just on what to do but also what not to do. I am proud to have taken the necessary steps to focus on the safety and well-being of my clients by keeping Narcan in my first aid kit. Narcan, also known as naloxone, is a medication that can rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, potentially saving a life.
It's important to note that the timing of an opioid overdose can vary depending on various factors. The risk of opioid overdose can occur as soon as a few minutes or can happen hours after taking opioids, as timing of an opioid overdose can vary depending on several factors including but not limited to the type and amount of opioids taken, the individual's tolerance, and whether the opioids were taken alone or with other substances. Therefore, being trained on the signs of an overdose, what to do and what not to do and having Narcan on hand, can be crucial in providing immediate assistance to someone who may be experiencing an overdose.
If you are interested in the REVIVE! opioid overdose and naloxone education training, it is available to all Fairfax County residents. Following the training, the Fairfax County Community Services Board will send naloxone to attendees who are residents of Fairfax County and Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church free of charge. Those outside of Fairfax County, can visit the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services REVIVE! program.
As a massage therapist and a community member, my priority is to create a safe and comfortable environment for my clients and my community at large. By completing the REVIVE! opioid overdose and naloxone education training and having Narcan readily available, I am better equipped to handle any unexpected situations that may arise, and ensure the safety and well-being of all those who visit my massage studio.