Ohio County deputies to carry overdose reversal medication

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Ohio County is taking another step forward in fighting the drug epidemic West Virginia is facing.

The Ohio County commission announced their approval Tuesday for deputies to carry Naloxone, a life-saving medication which reverses the symptoms of an opioid overdose.

All deputies with the sheriffs office will receive training on how to administer the medication and how to identify the symptoms of an opioid overdose.

With Ohio County being a rural county, the Sherrif’s Department and the U.S. Attorneys Office recognized a need for deputies to carry the life-saving medicine because often times they may be the first to the scene.

“One every life is worth saving. Two you don’t know when that wake up call is going to occur and it’s a great opportunity to talk to someone about treatment about going into treatment about finding the resources they need to finally kick the addiction when they are brought back to life,” said U.S Attorney of Northern District, William Ihlenfeld.

Federal funding will be used for the start-up costs.

Ihlenfeld says while they are working to get it in law enforcements hands right now. If you know someone who is an abuser you can get a prescription for Naloxone by talking with your doctor.

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