Sheriff's Office Takes on Opioid Crisis
Post Date:11/07/2017 10:55 AM
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Durham, N.C. – Seventy-five Durham County deputies and eight detention officers are now armed with naloxone, a life-saving tool in the fight against opioid abuse. Deputies and detention officers trained under the Sheriff's Drug Overdose Prevention Initiative are ready to respond to an opioid overdose and offer support to loved ones of an opioid-addicted person.
“Heroin abuse is destroying families in our community, but it's not our only problem, " said Sheriff Mike Andrews. "We want to be an additional resource for people affected by the misuse of prescription drugs, too.”
Deputies are trained to administer the nasal spray known as NARCAN®, the brand name for naloxone hydrochloride. The Sheriff's Office supports the efforts of the NC Harm Reduction Coalition and is committed to routinely reviewing the agency's arrest and incident reports to make a note of individuals who may be at high-risk of an opioid overdose. Deputies will proactively reach out to families and friends of people identified as at-risk to make them aware of the available resources.
This Sheriff's Office effort is made possible thanks to Deputy Thomas Mellown who serves as the coordinator of the Sheriff’s Drug Overdose Prevention Initiative.