Opioid overdose antidote added to officer arsenals

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 3, 2017

Gov. Phil Bryant and other officials announced the move Thursday, the first result of a state task force that's trying to combat opioid drug abuse and overdoses.

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health is partnering with Mississippi Department of Public Safety Sworn Personnel to provide Naloxone.

The medication NARCAN, is a FDA approved form of Naloxone. The initiative is funded by $3.6 million federal grant.

Diana Mikula, executive director of the Department of Mental Health, said Naloxone will help save lives. If you or someone else needs help, we urge you to reach out.

"I applaud the Arkansas State Police in its effort to stem the tide of overdose deaths by expanding access to the life-saving drug Naloxone and ensuring a pathway to treatment and recovery for those struggling with addiction", said Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Officials say one out of every ten people in MS abuse prescription drugs.

He said victims of these overdoses suffer from a unsafe disease and should be treated with the same urgency as anyone involved in an accident.

Law enforcement officers statewide will soon carry a medication that can save people who are overdosing on opioids.

Law enforcement is working with several different entities, including the Mississippi Department of Mental Health to make it happen.

The department will also issue the antidote to police and sheriff's departments, starting in Lincoln, Pike and Walthall counties.

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