REVIVE RVA, Regional Solutions to the Opioid Crisis

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am | 2 CEUs
Amira Turner
REVIVE! Coordinator
The Pavilion At Williamsburg Place
5483 Mooretown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188

This presentation has two parts

Part One: Background of opioids in US

  • Impact on Virginia
  • Addiction
  • Current state of emergency
  • Efforts aimed at combatin opioid crisis
  • Medication assisted treatment
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • Supportive programs

Part Two: REVIVE! Lay Rescuer Training

  • Understanding addiction
  • Identify and respond to opioid overdose emergency
  • Learn about risk factors for overdose
  • Differentiate between really high and overdosed
  • Dispel common myths about reversing overdose
  • Learn how to use Naloxone

About the Speaker

Amira Turner graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed the Substance Abuse Counseling Education coursework through J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in 2015 and has earned a Graduate Certificate in International Addiction Studies: Advanced Concentration through the International Programme in Addiction Studies. Currently, she is working towards a Master of Social Work at VCU as well as a Master of Science in Addiction Studies through the International Programme in Addiction Studies, a collaboration between Kings College London, Adelaide Australia, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine. Her anticipated date of graduation in May 2018 for both degrees. Her research has been focused on opioid addiction and how to best respond to disordered opioid use. Amira has served as the REVIVE! Coordinator for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services since 2016. As REVIVE! Coordinator, she oversees the statewide REVIVE! outreach e orts and trainings for both community members and law enforcement. She coordinates e orts between trainers, agencies, and community members who require trainings to facilitate expanded access to REVIVE! trainings across Virginia. Additionally, she assists with state level e orts aimed at improving access to naloxone, a lifesaving antidote for opioid overdose.