West Virginia Distributing 8,000 Overdose Antidote Kits

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials are responding to opioid overdoses by distributing more than 8,000 kits with an antidote.

Money for the kits comes from a $1 million federal grant. West Virginia has had the nation’s highest rate of overdose deaths, and Naloxone can get people breathing again if administered in time.

The state health department is managing the grant, and West Virginia University’s Injury Control Research Center will implement and evaluate the project.

Thousands of the two-dose kits will go out in the next few weeks to high priority areas, including needle-exchange programs and police and fire departments in the cities of Huntington, Charleston, Wheeling and Morgantown.

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