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West Virginia Office of
Emergency Medical Services

350 Capitol Street
Room 425
Charleston WV, 25301

Toll Free: 1-888--747-8367
OEMS Phone: (304) 558-3956
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Trauma Phone: (304) 558-7124
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On March 9, 2015, Governor Tomblin signed Senate Bill 335 into law.  The bill, titled the Opioid Antagonist Act, aims to allow emergency responders, medical personnel, family and friends to administer Naloxone (also known under the trade name of Narcan) to counteract the effects of Opioid overdose.

The Office of Emergency Medical Services was tasked with production training material for administering the drug.  Below are the resources WV OEMS has produced.

 

Note: Law enforcement and fire departments must obtain Naloxone/Narcan from a physician.  This can be accomplished in a variety of forms.  One option could be an agreement/MOU with an EMS agency Medical Director.  The EMS Physician could provide the prescription for the medication however, EMS agencies cannot distribute medications, including Naloxone/Narcan.  Compliance with FDA and WV Board of Pharmacy requirements must be followed in obtaining/maintaining/storing/administering this medication.

Law enforcement or other non-EMS providers that administer naloxone should report administration of the medication to the Poison Center Hotline.  The number is 1-800-222-1222

 

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