September 18, 2018

Funding awarded for naloxone distribution | Beckley Register-Herald

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,567,184 to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to better equip emergency medical services agencies and West Virginia State Police with naloxone.

“Our first responders are on the front lines of fighting the opioid epidemic and naloxone is an immeasurably valuable resource for this fight," said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. "Ensuring every EMS professional, our police officers and other first responders are equipped is critically important."

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., added, "Too many families have experienced the pain of losing a loved one to an overdose. Equipping our first responders with lifesaving tools like naloxone can help spare innumerable West Virginians from losing a child, parent, spouse, sibling, or friend to addiction, and it can give those struggling with addiction the chance to enter into recovery."  

By:  Wendy Holdren