On Tuesday, West Virginia Northern Community College partnered with the Wheeling Police Department to help reduce the negative impact of opioids in the Ohio Valley.
They did so by providing a free Narcan training to community members.
Participants learned how to respond in an emergency and how to safely use Narcan, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
“Often times where there is an overdose, first responders like the police, fire department and EMTs are not always the first people there,” said Sara Wood, Director of Student Activities at WVNCC.
“It can be a loved one, a friend or a family member who finds the person first. So, we want to make sure community members are trained properly because it could quite literally mean life or death.”
The Narcan training also focused on the signs of an opioid overdose.
Known as the “opioid overdose triad”, people need to look out for pinpointed pupils, unconsciousness and respiratory depression.