Darren Doyle, story:
A grant for an opioid and opiate overdose antidote, Narcan, and the training to properly use it has been acquired on behalf of the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Police, as well as Edmonson EMS.
The nearly $9K grant was obtained through the Kentucky Abuse for Substance Abuse Policy, or KY-ASAP in Edmonson County, coordinated by local Community Education Director Lisa Whobrey.
The grant is for multiple doses of Narcan, the brand of the generic drug naloxone, in a drug field-testing kit that will allow local law enforcement officers the ability to test multiple drugs on the spot. Narcan is used to revive someone that has overdosed on opioids. The dosages that law enforcement now has can be used on victims of overdoses or officers that come in contact with certain illegal drugs.
"There is a daily increased risk for these types of drugs in law enforcement duties," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "By coming into skin contact with a drug like fentanyl or accidentally ingesting it can cause serious health issues. We're excited for this grant, not only to protect ourselves, but also to come to the immediate aid of someone that's overdosed on an opioid. It very well can save someone's life."
Also included in items used from the grant are portable breathalyzer tests and specialty gloves.