By Alex Wiederspiel. A West Virginia University research department administrator has high hopes for a new program that will distribute thousands of “take-home” drug overdose reversal kits.
Last week, the program officially launched by distributing 8,000 naloxone kits for non-EMS first responders and citizens across the state. Naloxone can reverse the effects of an overdose–and is often life-saving.
“This funding was identified as funding that could be used for this one-time, large-scale naloxone distribution to address, really, the largest public-health issue in the state right now, which is the opioid and opioid overdose epidemic,” Dr. Herb Linn, Deputy Director of the WVU Injury Control Research Center, said Thursday morning on “The Gary Bowden Show” on the AJR News Network.
The earliest iteration of this program in West Virginia is found in Shepherdstown, but Dr. Linn said there was interest in finding a way to get the overdose-reversal drug in the hands of more people.
“The distribution program began when the state identified some funding,” he said. “They wanted to do a community-level, clear-across-the-state distribution program to help make naloxone more available to other than EMS.”