MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – On September 8, 2022, all 55 West Virginia counties are joining together to host the largest day of free naloxone (Narcan) distribution in the state. In its third year, Save a Life Day will include every county for the first time, and Mon Health System hospitals are participating. A statewide map of over 150 events can be found at savealifewv.org.
Save a Life Day is made possible by support from the WV Office of Drug Control Policy, which supplies the Narcan for the statewide event. Key logistics support also comes from the University of Charleston Pharmacy School and the WV Office of Maternal Child & Family Health. This year’s major sponsors include Aetna, Ayuda Medical, CareSource, CAMC Foundation, Community Connections, Unicare, and the WV Drug Intervention Institute.
West Virginia lost an average of two family members to fatal overdoses each day in 2021, down from over three lives lost a day on average in 2020. This improvement is due in part to the expansion of free naloxone programs including Save a Life Day events, which started in 2020.
The theme for the 2022 Save a Life Day is “Meeting People Where They Are.” Save A Life Day events are getting a larger portion of naloxone to people at risk of overdose by focusing distribution on high-risk areas, incorporating outreach strategies, and partnering with people who use drugs.
Save a Life Day details for Mon Health System hospitals include:
- Mon Health Medical Center | Dering-Henson Funeral Home, 156 Foundry St., Morgantown from 11 AM – 6 PM
- Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital | Preston County Inn, 122 W. Main St., Kingwood from 10 AM – 3 PM
- Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital | Dr. Gorby’s Office, 230 Hospital Plaza, Weston from 10 AM – 4 PM
To learn more about Mon Health System, visit MonHealth.com.