Ambulance provider donates Narcan to LEOs
By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Law enforcement officers across the county now have a life-saving medicine at their disposal, thanks to a generous donation from Allegiance.
Narcan, a medicine also known as Naloxone, rapidly reverses opioid overdoses. The medicine can, according to an article on the subject, quickly restore normal breathing to a person, whose respiratory activity has slowed due to an overdose.
On Friday morning, ambulance provider Allegiance donated enough doses of Narcan, in the form of nasal sprays, which are easy to administer, to law enforcement agencies across the county. Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford; Ivanhoe Police Chief Steve Drumm and Woodville Chief of Police Mike McCulley were on hand to accept the donations.
Amber Dominy and Justin Cude of Allegiance presented the donations, which were enough to supply the patrol units of every law enforcement officer in the county with a dose.
The county’s Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Jobe said that a recent incident, where law enforcement was able to save an individual’s life with Narcan gave him the incentive to approach the local ambulance provider to see if it was possible to obtain the drug for countywide law enforcement.
Jobe said he would love to be able to get Narcan in every law enforcement vehicle but having them in patrol units allow every patrol officer to have them.
“It will wake someone up if they are overdosed on an opioid,” Jobe said. He added “They (Allegiance) saved the county a lot of money and potentially a lot of lives.”
Allegiance has also allowed for the county to trade-out the doses of the medicine if it goes past the expiration date.
“We so appreciate this donation. Providing this to law enforcement allows us another tool to be able to protect, serve and to aide,” said Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.
“We’ve seen incidents here in the past where Narcan has been used by our personnel, and there’s been a shortage of it,” he added.
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