Understanding Opioid Overdose & Naloxone

Opioids include prescription pain medications such as Oxycontin, Morphine, and Vicodin as well as substances like heroin.

  • Opioid overdose occurs when there are so many opioids or a combination of opioids and other substances in the body that an individual is not responsive to stimulation and/or breathing is inadequate. Opioid overdose can result from taking pain medications incorrectly or accidental ingestion.
  • Oxygen starvation due to inadequate breathing eventually stops vital organs like the heart and the brain which leads to unconsciousness, coma, and then death.
  • Naloxone is a medication designed to temporarily reverse an opioid overdose.
  • Naloxone counteracts the life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally.
  • Traditionally administered by emergency response personnel, it can be administered by minimally trained layperson which makes it ideal for treating overdose in people prescribed opioid pain medication and in people who use heroin and other opioids.


Treatment Options

BreakThru by Reynolds Memorial Hospital                    Glen Dale, WV                      304-221-4528



Family Connections                                                                   Weirton, WV                        304-723-3423

Outpatient Counseling


Healthways, Inc.                                                                           Weirton, WV                        304-723-5440

Intensive Outpatient& Outpatient Counseling

Hillcrest Behavioral Health Services                                   Wheeling, WV                      304-234-8517

Inpatient Treatment, Outpatient Counseling & Intensive Outpatient


Miracles Happen By Healthways, Inc.                              Wheeling, WV                      304-242-0217

Intensive Outpatient


Northwood Health Systems, Inc.                                          Wheeling, WV                     304-234-3500

Crisis Stabilization, Intensive Outpatient,                                   Moundsville, WV                304-845-3000

Detoxification, Outpatient Counseling,                                        New Martinsville, WV        304-455-3622

& Medication Assisted Treatment Outpatient Counseling


R.O.O.T.S.                                                                                     Wheeling, WV                      304-460-5123

Medication Assisted Treatment Outpatient Counseling


Crittenton Services, Inc.

Wellspring Family Services Program                                Weirton, WV                         304-748-3768

Outpatient Counseling                                                                      Wheeling, WV                       304-242-7060

                                                                                                           New Martinsville, WV        304-455-3035


Wheeling Treatment Center                                                  Triadelphia, WV                   304-547-9197

Medication Assisted Treatment Outpatient Counseling


Youth Services System, Inc.                                                    Wheeling, WV                      304-233-9627

Intensive Outpatient, Emergency Shelter, Outpatient Counseling& Transitional Housing