In response to the ever-increasing number of cases involving opiate overdose, the Elkhart police department plans to equip all its deputies with a drug that can potentially reverse the drug’s damaging effects.
According to the precinct’s statements, by the end of March, the police department is planning of issuing Naloxone syringes to all field officers. Deputies responding to an OD-related emergency called will, therefore, be able to administer the drug on sight, before the paramedics arrived.
In the same statement, the police squad from Elkhart also explained why this move was necessary. They’ve declared that lately, the police was summoned by calls from various citizens who wanted to report instances of drug abuse.
Moreover, it would seem that the drug abuse situation has escalated to new heights in the last period. According to a police report, during the last months, several police officers have had to render assistance to citizens who have consumed large quantities of opioids, especially heroin.
But it seems that heroin isn’t the only drug involved in OD case. The same police report mentions something about citizens abusing prescribed painkillers.
Now, if the project is to be carried out, all police officers will carry Naloxone in their cars.
But, it would seem that the sheriff’s newest project has stirred some controversy. And, after some discussions, the project had to be partially abandoned. The authorities decided that it would be too far-fetched to entrust deputies with this drug, taking into account the fact that the Fire Squad already carries the drug.
Not saying that deputies don’t have the necessary qualification of administering the said drug, the higher authorities deem the project unnecessary and resource consuming. They’ve also argued that the fire squad’s vehicles and personnel are already equipped with this substance which they can administer in an emergency situation.
Furthermore, the fire department and the paramedics have a shorter response time than sheriff’s deputies.
We’ve mentioned that the project was partially cancelled. Indeed, the deputies will not be issued Naloxone syringes, but Elkhart’s Sheriff’s Department still wants to teach each and every police officer how to administer the drug correctly, should the emergency arise.
The drug Naloxone or Narcan is mainly used to block the adverse effects of opioids. If the substance is injected intravenously, it has the capability of stabilizing the patient under 2 minutes. On the other hand, if it is injected into the muscles, it takes up to 5 minutes to work.