Beatrice police team up with community to combat opioid overdoses

October 2, 2018

The Beatrice Police Department teamed up with Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation and Clabaugh Pharmacy to better prepare for opioid overdoses. With the drastic rise of opioid overdoses across the nation first responders are generally the first on scene of a possible opioid overdose. Immediate intervention of a possible opioid overdose can be lifesaving.

The Beatrice Police Department has developed and implemented a Narcan program providing officers with the lifesaving tool to help prevent possible death from suspected opioid overdoses. Police Departments having Narcan programs has started to become standard across the country. Omaha Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol are other agencies within Nebraska who carry Narcan.

Narcan (naloxone HCl) nasal spray is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone that was developed in partnership with the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. Narcan nasal spray counteracts the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Since most accidental overdoses occur in a home setting, it was developed for first responders who are on scene before any medical aid. Narcan nasal spray is used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid medicines. The medicine in Narcan nasal spray has no effect in people who are not taking opioid medicines.

The Narcan will be issued to Patrol Officers, K9 Officers, School Resource Officers (SRO), and other members of the department who are commonly the first on scene of a possible opioid overdose. Narcan is also for the protection of the officers who commonly have contact with narcotics in their line of duty. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is on the rise across the country. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than Morphine. Officers across the country who have accidently had contact with Fentanyl have almost died and Narcan saved their lives. One officer in Ohio simply brushed a white power off his uniform that was Fentanyl while another officer inhaled some particles in the air of a vehicle he was searching. Both officers were saved by other officers on scene who administered Narcan.

Beatrice first responders responded to over 25 overdoses in the past year. Narcan was used by the Beatrice Fire Department on occasions. Arming the Beatrice Police Officers with Narcan will aid in the response time Narcan can be administered.

Beatrice Police Department, Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation, and Clabaugh Pharmacy teaming up together is a great way for the community to come together to provide the latest lifesaving tools, a press release said.

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