Opioid overdose medication provides lifesaving opportunity

Shawn Hammonds, who works with Rams in Recovery through Americorps, holds the kit issued to folks who complete the Revive! training.

Shawn Hammonds, who works with Rams in Recovery through AmeriCorps, holds the kit issued to community members who complete the Revive! training.

In a quiet conference room in the bustling University Student Commons, a group of students and staff is learning about second chances. Specifically, how they can potentially save the life of someone overdosing on opioids.

This group joins other VCU community members who have learned how to deploy naloxone — also known by the brand name Narcan — during REVIVE! training led by Rams in Recovery, VCU’s collegiate recovery organization.

“I know we have trained over 350 people in the year that I’ve been here. It feels pretty good,” said Shawn Hammonds, an AmeriCorps member working with Rams in Recovery.

Tom Bannard, program coordinator for Rams in Recovery, said the training provides “a practical tool for responding.”

“We are hearing a lot about the opiate epidemic, but I think people don’t know what they can do. Naloxone training gives people an entry point to being part of the solution,” he said.

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