Helping rural communities purchase emergency overdose devices

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Community Connections in Princeton has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department to help prevent overdoses.

Community Connections will use the grant to purchase Naloxone and other emergency devices to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses. They will also train licensed healthcare providers and emergency responders to use the devices. The grant is from the federal Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program, which focuses on reducing fatalities from opioid overdoses, particularly in rural areas.

“Our communities are facing an alarming and devastating rate of drug overdoses. In many rural areas, patients may not be able to get to a hospital in time to treat overdoses. Equipping first responders with medicine like Naloxone can literally be the difference between life and death. West Virginia’s first responders are often the first on the scene for overdoses, and this grant will help ensure they are able to save lives. We must all work together to prevent drug addiction and deaths from opioid overdoses,” Rep. Jenkins said.

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