2017-06-28 / Police & Safety

Sheriff’s Dept. receives Narcan training

by Trish Rudder

The Morgan County Sheriffs Department was trained recently by the Life or Drugs, Tri-State Support organization to administer Narcan, the anti-opioid antidote (Naloxone).

Melody Stotler, the executive director of the non-profit organization, said the Sheriffs Department received specific training for law enforcement, including information for children who may have accidentally overdosed and for K-9s who may overdose while doing a search involving large amounts of fentanyl.

Sheriff K.C. Bohrer, Capt. Tim Stapleton, Lt. Seth Place, Sgt. Wade Shambaugh, Cpl. Scott Lemon, Cpl. Kevin Barney, Dep. Chris Roper, Dep. Dennis Jenkins, Dep. Josh Lebo, Dep. Luke Shambaugh and Jim Gainey, the Morgan County court security officer, are now certified to administer the antidote, Stotler said.

Bohrer and the officers were trained to administer the antidote intranasally (sprayed into the nose). Bohrer was already trained to administer the antidote by intramuscular injection.

He said the greatest asset to having received Narcan training is that “we have it for ourselves in case one of our own is accidentally exposed.” He said having this additional tool in our toolkit will help save lives.

The training was funded by grants and organizations such as the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation (EWVCF). The Joshua Barnes Charitable Fund was established at the EWVCF by his parents after Barnes died from an opioid overdose last January at the age of 26.

Addiction Outreach and

Public Awareness

Life or Drugs, Tri-State Support along with the Morgan County Partnership are hosting the 4th Annual Community Addiction Outreach and Awareness event on Sunday, July 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Berkeley Springs State Park.

Community vendors with support information will be available. The event includes a silent auction, raffles, free hot dogs and drinks and free kids games and free kids raffles.

Stotler also teaches Narcan training classes to the public. For more information, contact Stotler at lifeordrugs@yahoo.com.

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