Lexington One Community Coalition (LOCC) teams up with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and Walmart for Virtual Reality Training on Reversing an Opioid Overdose

May 24, 2021

Columbia, SC – LRADAC’s Lexington One Community Coalition (LOCC) is hosting a training and virtual reality demonstration on how to save a life by reversing an opioid overdose on Thursday, May 27, 6:30-7:30 pm.  In this virtual event, LOCC is teaming up with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and Walmart along with other community leaders to discuss opioid overdoses in South Carolina and demonstrate Walmart’s innovative technology to help educate people on how to save a life from drug overdose.

Walmart’s virtual reality tool uses Oculus headset technology to deliver an experiential element to naloxone (NARCAN) and overdose reversal trainings. The live webinar training will give community members a direct experience of just how simple it can be to save a life that would otherwise be lost to drug poisoning. In addition to speakers from LOCC and CADCA, the one-hour webinar will offer unique perspectives on the opioid epidemic to include speakers from SC DAODAS, Lexington County EMS, and The Courage Center.

“As so many communities around the nation face escalating overdose rates, it has never been more important to know how to save a life,” said Pamela S. Imm, Ph.D., Chairperson, Lexington One Community Coalition (LOCC). “This wonderful new training tool that Walmart has created is just the latest advancement in how technology and innovation—combined with strong community-based coalitions—are all needed to successfully fight opioid addiction and overdoses in South Carolina and all over the country.”

The one-hour webinar is free, and members of the public are invited to join on Thursday, May 27 beginning at 6:30 pm EST at https://tinyurl.com/SC-VR-Naloxone.

LRADAC is the designated alcohol abuse and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties of South Carolina. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 5,000 clients per year.