W.V. University Offers Free Narcan to First Responders

W.V. University Offers Free Narcan to First Responders

News Feb 04, 2018

Feb. 04—West Virginia first responders will now have access, free of charge, to Narcan—the brand name of naloxone, a medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose.

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, through an arrangement with Cardinal Health, will be receiving 8,000 doses of the medication.

"Every second counts when responding to an overdose," said U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart. "Access to Narcan for law enforcement often means the difference between life and death for an overdose victim."

Stuart said he wants first responders to know this life-saving resource is readily available.

"Every dime saved from not buying Narcan is another dime that can be spent on essential law enforcement."

The free distribution of Narcan to first responders was made possible through the efforts of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP), Three Rivers Harm Reduction Coalition, and Cardinal Health. Dr. Lindsay Acree, pharmacist-in-charge at the UCSOP PharmUC Patient Care Clinic, serves as the coordinator of the initiative.

First responders interested in obtaining the overdose-reversing treatment should contact either Dr. Lindsay Acree with the University of Charleston's School of Pharmacy at 304-357-4379 or lindsayacree@ucwv.edu, or Dr. Michael Brumage, executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and health officer for Kanawha County and Putnam County, at michael.brumage@wv.gov.

The University of Charleston will also partner with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to host a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Heroin(e)," with a panel discussion that will include filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon. The documentary follows three women as they battle West Virginia's opioid epidemic in Huntington. The screening will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Geary Auditorium in Riggleman Hall.

The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.
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