WVC 16 - 46 - 2
As used in this article:
(1) "Initial responder" means emergency medical service
personnel, as defined in subdivision (g), section three, article
four-c of this chapter, including, but not limited to, a member of
the West Virginia State Police, a sheriff, a deputy sheriff, a
municipal police officer, a volunteer or paid firefighter and any
other person acting under color of law who responds to emergencies.
(2) "Licensed health care provider" means a person,
partnership, corporation, professional limited liability company,
health care facility or institution licensed by or certified in
this state to provide health care or professional health care
services. This includes, but is not limited to, medical physicians,
allopathic and osteopathic physicians, pharmacists, physician
assistants or osteopathic physician assistants who hold a
certificate to prescribe drugs, advanced nurse practitioners who
hold a certificate to prescribe drugs, hospitals, emergency service
agencies and others as allowed by law to prescribed drugs.
(3) "Opiates" or "opioid drugs" means drugs that are members
of the natural and synthetic opium family, including, but not
limited to, heroin, morphine, codeine, methadone, oxycodone,
hydrocodone, fentanyl and hydromorphone.
(4) "Opioid antagonist" means a federal Food and Drug
Administration-approved drug for the treatment of an opiate-related
overdose, such as naloxone hydrochloride or other substance, that, when administered, negates or neutralizes, in whole or in part, the
pharmalogical effects of an opioid in the body.
(5) "Opioid overdose prevention and treatment training
program" or "program" means any program operated or approved by the
Office of Emergency Medical Services as set forth in rules
promulgated pursuant to this article.
(6) "Overdose" means an acute condition, including, but not
limited to, life-threatening physical illness, coma, mania,
hysteria or death, which is the result of the consumption or use of
(7) "Standing order" means a written document containing
rules, policies, procedures, regulations and orders for the conduct
of patient care, including the condition being treated, the action
to be taken and the dosage and route of administration for the drug
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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