Deputies to Carry Opioid Overdose Antidote in Ohio Co, WV

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – Ohio County sheriff’s deputies are soon going to start carrying antidotes for opioid overdoses.

WTRF-TV reports that the Ohio County commission on Tuesday announced their approval for deputies to carry Naloxone, which reverses the symptoms of an opioid overdose.

All deputies with the sheriff’s office will receive training on how to administer the medication and how to identify the symptoms of an opioid overdose.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld says it is especially important for the Ohio County deputies to have the antidote because the county is in a rural area and deputies are oftentimes the first to the scene.

Federal funding will be used for the start-up costs.