Kanawha County Teaching Opioid Overdose Treatment

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Health officials in Kanawha County will be teaching the public how to use the opioid overdose-reversing treatment naloxone.

The training will take place Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. The Marshall University School of Pharmacy is partnering to offer the free training on administering the life-saving drug, known by the brand name Narcan.

The training is suggested for first responders, people at risk of opiate-related overdose and their family members, friends and caregivers.

Naloxone kits will be given out at the end of the training.

Pre-registration is required by Tuesday afternoon.

A new law approved last year lets first responders carry naloxone. A law recently signed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will make naloxone available without a prescription starting in July.