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Grant awarded to Lexington Fire Department for Opioid Overdose Emergency Response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: September 20, 2017

The City of Lexington Fire Department is happy to announce that it has been awarded a grant by the Virginia Department of Health for additional doses of the drug Naloxone which is the antidote for opioid overdoses. Thanks to this grant, which supplies a nasal administration of the drug, all LFD EMS providers, not just Paramedics, will be able to administer this life-saving drug when needed. Opioid overdose is a growing crisis nationwide and LFD in partnership with VDH is being proactive about responding to these types of emergencies.

Inquiries can be directed to Chief Ty Dickerson at 540.463.3210 or tdickerson@lexingtonva.gov

 

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