Officers Trained to Administer Narcan

Officers Trained to Administer Narcan

Officers Trained to Administer Narcan
Posted on 11/08/2018
Public Safety LogoIn an effort to save lives while working for a safer community, Northville Township Police Officers have been trained to administer Narcan (brand name for Naloxone) nasal spray, an emergency substance that counteracts the life-threatening effects of an opioid

The addition of Narcan training for police officers is made possible by our partnership with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, which provided the training and the Narcan kits the Police Officers will carry on duty.

Narcan is an attractive live-saving tool for law enforcement because it causes no harm when administered. Narcan simply blocks the opioid from the opioid receptors in the brain. The only side effects are those associated with opioid withdrawal if, in fact, the overdose is opioid related. Another law enforcement friendly feature is that Narcan can be administered intranasal with a preloaded dose, rather than use of a syringe.

Equipping Police Officers with this life saving drug enables the Public Safety Department to ensure an absolute commitment to the preservation of life. Narcan can also be used in cases of a Police Department employee who comes into accidental contact with a drug like Fentanyl, which is hundreds of times more potent than heroin. Narcan will be deployed with Northville Township Police Officers today.

Narcan is the newest addition to efforts already in place at the Northville Township Police Department. For the past several years the Police Department has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the National Take Back Day as a point to drop off unwanted, unused and expired medications. Additionally there is a drop box in the police department lobby for medications that is acceptable by the public 24 hours a day.

The U.S. is experiencing an opioid overdose epidemic. Northville Township has responded to 6 overdose incidents in 2018. No fatal overdoses have occurred this year. In addition to the overdoses, there have been 12 other incidents involving heroin or opioids.  Opioids are central nervous system depressants, and include drugs such as heroin,
hydrocodone, oxycodone, and fentanyl (synthetic heroin).

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