Save A Life Day
On Saturday, August 20,2022, 35 volunteers of the Fayette Prevention Coalition set out on a goal to blanket the county with Narcan. The group had 5 sites and 3 outreach teams who distributed close to 500 kits of life saving drug into the community. Standing sites were in Meadow Bridge, Montgomery, Fayetteville, Oak Hill and Mount Hope. Outreach teams took to the streets in Page, Pax and Mount Hope. The sponsorship by New River Health Association provided snacks and water for the volunteers.
If you missed didn’t get a change to get your Narcan on Saturday, you will have another change on September 8, 2022 on the West Virginia Save a Life Day.
Naloxone can also be distributed to WV residents using the free online training provided by the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute.
More than three out of every four fatal overdoses in West Virginia in 2019 involved an opioid, with reports of opioid overdoses substantially increasing in 2020. Naloxone is a powerful and proven antidote for reversing opioid overdoses. 2021 marks the 50th year naloxone has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This event was to get this life saving medicine, Naloxone, into the hands of people who need it the most. We provided naloxone to the community at large, to give everyone the tools they need to help our community members reach recovery.
According to WV DHHR, by the end of 2021, West Virginia counties which accounted for 80% of fatal overdoses in 2020 will have hosted a free naloxone day.
The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII) offers no cost online Naloxone training for any West Virginia resident who would like to be prepared to help in the event of an opioid overdose.
The training includes:
- How to properly use Naloxone
- How to recognize the symptoms of an overdose
- Using Naloxone to reverse an overdose
- A dose of Naloxone for use in an overdose situation
In the News
WOAY and WVNSTV came out to Save a Life Day 2021 for some great news coverage. Check out their reports on their respective pages. You can also read up on our Press Release describing the event in detail.