Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies now equipped with Narcan in case of emergency
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies now have another tool to help in the event of an opioid overdose.
Deputies were trained to use "Naloxone," commonly known as "Narcan." The drug can save lives by reversing an overdose caused by opioids, such as heroin.
Law enforcement officials say that this drug could help people until medical personnel arrives.
"If our deputy is in the area of an overdose, they can respond quicker and maybe intervene, hopefully saving the life of the individual," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell, with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office partnered with the HIV Alliance and Douglas Public Health Network to receive 50 doses of Narcan, and now there is one in every patrol car.