At-Risk Populations

Narcan Leave Behind Program

Whatcom County Emergency Medical Services is proud to continue the Narcan Leave Behind Program. This program provides Narcan Kits to those At-Risk individuals, an involved bystander, or family that are At-Risk of opioid related overdose. Narcan is a medication that can save lives by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose.

Narcan Kits: The kits can be requested by emailing Steven Cohen at scohen@co.whatcom.wa.us.

Training: Whatcom County EMS is available to train individuals, organizations or provide training resources. Contact Steven Cohen, EMS Training Specialist, at 360-820-6157 or scohen@co.whatcom.wa.us. 

Legal: If you are worried about being sued or arrested in relation to using Narcan, Washington State has laws to protect you.

RCW 4.24.300 Immunity from liability for certain types of medical care (general public)

RCW 69.41.095 “Naloxone Law” – distribution, possession, and administration of naloxone among laypersons, first responder/law enforcement immunity

RCW 69.50.315 “Good Samaritan Overdose Law” – immunity from drug possession prosecution in drug-related overdoses

Opioid impacts on the WCEMS System in 2020:

  • There were 1701 calls that EMS providers used Narcan
  • 870 calls involved drug overdose/drug ingestion drugs
  • Drug overdose deaths increased 250%, according to Whatcom County Medical examiner
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Transportation Van Program

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Whatcom County  Transportation Van Program was developed. This service is providing limited transportation services for those who are COVID-19 positive or have been exposed to COVID-19 and must quarantine. The van, staffed by EMTs, serves as a solution for individuals in need of transportation who do not need an ambulance ride, but still need transportation in a COVID-safe way. When not transporting people, the EMTs who staff the van provide support at Lighthouse Mission Ministry's Basecamp. 

WCEMS Transportation Van

WCEMS transportation van in front of the Isolation and Quarantine Facility