CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The country Senate gave unanimous approval to an invoice Tuesday that could accelerate the time in which overdoses in West Virginia are to be said to the state Office of Drug Control Policy.
SB 520 changes the reporting from the modern-day requirement of once every 3 months to 72 hours after the overdose occurs.
Senator Bill Ihlenfeld, D-Ohio, a former U.S. Attorney in West Virginia’s Northern District, stated the reporting can now be accomplished in real time because of enhancements in an era.
“This bill allows us to do something with this drug trouble that we’re in no way accomplished earlier than in this country and that is to leverage generation,” Ihlenfeld stated.
A clever cellphone app changed into advanced in 2016 and now states are beginning to apply it, Ihlenfeld stated. Specifically, the bill requires the Washington/Baltimore High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program for use or different programs diagnosed by way of the Office of Drug Control Policy in legislative rule.
Ihlenfeld said when he became a federal prosecutor it becomes irritating no longer a good way to get beforehand of the overdose difficulty.
“We by no means may want to truly get our palms around where the trouble turned into. We labored with DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) sellers and excessive-ranking contributors of the federal authorities and we usually struggled to get a clear photograph on wherein the problem changed into, not best inside our nation however inside our country,” Ihlenfeld stated.
The invoice might require health care vendors, health workers, regulation enforcement agencies, emergency responders and sanatorium emergency rooms to report all overdoses inside seventy-two hours of one going on. The reporting on the app will encompass the date and time of the overdose, where it passed off, if an overdose antagonist, like Naloxone, changed into used, whether the overdose became deadly or non-fatal, the gender and age of the man or woman involved in conjunction with what drug changed into believed to were used.
Ihlenfeld said speeding up the reporting time will keep lives.
“This device will assist us to realize what’s coming. So if there’s an awful batch in Baltimore, we know it is able to be on the way to Martinsburg or Charles Town or other components of the eastern panhandle,” he stated. “It permits us to actually see the problem. If we can’t see the hassle we will restore the trouble. It allows us to acquire facts on a real-time basis. It allows law enforcement, prevention and recuperation and the top of Drug Control Policy Office to definitely look at the hassle and apprehend wherein it exists in all corners of our country.”
Ihlenfeld said it’s the era that makes the distinction.
“That’s one aspect that the terrible men can’t do thoroughly and it’s something we have to be doing each and each day,” Ihlenfeld said.
According to the DHHR, 1009 fatal overdoses in West Virginia in 2017. The 2018 records aren’t always but available. The Office of Drug Control Policy presently does no longer song non-deadly overdoses. The bill might require that to take area.
The legislation heads to the House of Delegates for consideration. The normal legislative consultation ends March 9.