LEWISBURG, WV (WOAY) – Greenbrier and Monroe County hosted an LEPC training and exercise at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Center.
“The exercise that we’re working on here today deals with the opioids. Opioids are a problem in our community and in this state. In fact, West Virginia is the highest per capita rate opioid overdose death’s in America 17 per 100,000 people,” said Mike Honaker Greenbrier County’s Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The opioid crisis is not only dangerous for those addicted to the drug, but also for first responders.
“You just don’t know in today’s world what you’re walking into and the precautions that you have to take to not be exposed to something that can take your life. Of course, we know as first responders once we’re out of the scenario we’re not helping anyone,” said Honaker.
Over 50 members from Greenbrier County’s agencies, students and first responders participated in a training that could protect them in the threat of opioid exposure.
“It always good to be prepared in advance prior to something occurring so everyone knows what their roles are, what resources that have and what they can bring to the table. And you get a different perspective too with the different counties,” said Bruce Sloan Greenbrier County Sheriff.