(a) An initial responder who is not otherwise authorized to administer opioid antagonists may possess opioid antagonists in the course of his or her professional duties as an initial responder and administer an opioid antagonist in an emergency situation if:
(1) The initial responder has successfully completed the training required by subsection (b), section six of this article; and
(2) The administration thereof is done after consultation with medical command, as defined in subdivision (k), section three, article four-c of this chapter: Provided, That an initial responder may administer an opioid antagonist without consulting medical command if he or she is unable to so consult due to an inability to contact medical command because of circumstances outside the control of the initial responder or if there is insufficient time for the consultation based upon the emergency conditions presented.
(b) An initial responder who meets the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, acting in good faith, is not, as a result of his or her actions or omissions, subject to civil liability or criminal prosecution arising from or relating to the administration of the opioid antagonist unless the actions or omissions were the result of the initial responder's gross negligence or willful misconduct.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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