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Officer says QRT team would benefit Preston County, W.Va.

By Jeniffer Graham, The Dominion Post

KINGWOOD, W.Va. — A search for naloxone led a Kingwood  police officer to the Monongalia County Quick Response Team.

“I was responding to overdose calls, and I would get to the scene before the ambulance. I didn’t have the equipment I needed to help the person,” Officer Gina McNemar said.

McNemar said she went online and was searching for naloxone for the city police department. When she couldn’t find what she was looking for, she called the probation office. They put her in touch with the QRT.

“They (QRT) were able to get me the naloxone, peer cards and a way to bring a quick response team to Preston County,” McNemar said.

She said last year there was 62 overdose calls to 911 made in Preston County. Ten were calls that went to the Kingwood City Police.

McNemar said the number of overdoses in the county could be even higher. She said if an individual dies at the scene or dies from an overdose before EMS arrives, it is listed as a death and does not go on the overdose call list…

To read more: https://www.dominionpost.com/2021/09/19/officer-says-qrt-team-would-benefit-preston/

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