Organizations Partner to Provide Lifesaving Measures on WV College Campuses

(West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute) The West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network (WVCRN) and the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII) have launched a new overdose prevention initiative on West Virginia’s college and university campuses entitled, “Be The One.” The initiative is the first of its kind and will focus on opioid overdose prevention from a bystander’s perspective, encouraging students, staff, and faculty to Be The One to save a life.

The first project of the initiative includes the distribution and installation of 50 opioid overdose rescue kits, also known as “Naloxboxes,” on college and university campuses across the Mountain State. These kits contain two doses of the opioid reversal medication, naloxone and training materials instructing individuals how to administer naloxone during an active overdose.

The goal is that the initiative will increase prevention and recovery efforts on West Virginia campuses, educating individuals in medication safety and training them how to properly respond to an overdose. Later this month Naloxboxes will be installed in locations at BridgeValley Community and Technical College (CTC), Concord University, New River CTC, West Virginia State University, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Southern West Virginia CTC, and West Virginia University as well as the Erma Byrd Center for Higher Education. Read more.