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W.Va. trainers learn to administer overdose med

Times West Virginian photo by Richard Babich RESA 7 Public Service instructor Patrick Sanjulian assembles a Naloxone intranasal injector.

Times West Virginian photo by Richard Babich
RESA 7 Public Service instructor Patrick Sanjulian assembles a Naloxone intranasal injector.

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — With drug overdoses on the rise in the state, training personnel learned how to administer a drug that would counter the symptoms of an overdose.

On Tuesday morning, members of several training agencies met at the Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) 7 office in Clarksburg. The purpose of the meeting was to train individuals who would then train other first-responder personnel from their region.

The training presentation explained to members how to notice symptoms of an overdose and the process of administering Naloxone, an opioid-countering drug.

Opioids are drugs made from natural plant material, usually poppy seeds. Examples of opioids include morphine and heroin.

This was the second of six training sessions that will be held across the state as a result of Senate Bill 335, “Access to Opioid Antagonists Act.” This act allows for first responders to administer Naloxone to an individual who is suspected of having overdosed on an opioid or opiate…

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