Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Goodwin announces more state troopers will administer naloxone

As West Virginia officials continue to tackle the statewide heroin epidemic, more law enforcement officers are being required to carry and administer the drug naloxone.

“In some parts of Mercer, McDowell, Wyoming counties, the overdose death rate is seven times the national average,” U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, following a Wednesday news conference at the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment.

At the conference, Goodwin announced nearly two dozen state troopers in those three counties will be trained on how to use the drug, also known by its brand Narcan. The drug is used to reverse the effects of opiods when someone is experiencing an overdose.