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Emergency Medical Services

First Aid/Treatment for Overdose Victims

The WSMA urges city, county, state, and federal public health, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service agencies to develop, implement, and publicize policies that will encourage bystanders to call 911 and to provide first-aid for overdose victims. (EC Report M, A-00) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA supports public availability of naloxone as a harm reduction strategy for families of persons at risk of opioid overdose, with appropriate education. (Res A-4, A-08)

The WSMA supports legislation that would authorize basic Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to administer naloxone. (Res A-4, A-08)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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