CHARLESTON, WV (NEWS RELEASE) – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that West Virginia first responders will now have access to Narcan free of charge. (Narcan, the brand name of naloxone, is 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. Access to Narcan for law enforcement often means the difference between life and death for an overdose victim,” said U.S. Attorney Stuart. “We want our first responders to know that this life-saving resource is readily available. Every dime saved from not buying Narcan is another dime than 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 this overdose-reversing treatment should contact either Dr. Lindsay Acree with the University of Charleston’s School of Pharmacy at 304-357-4379 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Michael Brumage, Executive Director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and Health Officer for Kanawha County and Putnam County at email@example.com.