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Community Leaders, Health Officials Join Forces to Save Lives

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 Community leaders will come together Wednesday, in a partnership to save lives. Their mission is to make drug overdose reversal kits more widely available throughout the region.

As Narcan becomes more widely understood and accepted, now it's time to get it into the hands of those who can save lives with it.

Health Department Director Dr. William Mercer says Narcan has no negative side effects, and with the nasal mist version, even someone with no medical background can administer it, with just a little training.

He says it's being used already, to some extent.

"Well, first responders, EMTs, E.R's have it, but now we're maybe taking it a little different step. Law enforcement, families and high schools. We've talked to some of the nurses. You know they have that available if something happens in our schools. Our shelters," said Dr. Mercer.

"Last year the West Virginia Legislature changed the law to make it available to first responders, police, firefighters and people close to people who have an addiction. So they've made the law but there's still confusion as to how to get that implemented," said Ed Nolan.

Wednesday's meeting is not for the general public yet, it's a planning session. A handful of key leaders in the area of addiction and treatment have been invited to participate.

Anyone with a special interest can certainly attend, by calling (304) 233-2045 prior to the meeting.

The meeting is at noon on Wednesday at the YSS building, at 87 15th Street.

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