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Positive impact being shown locally by use of Narcan

In May, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office received training in administering Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan. Narcan is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose. Narcan will temporarily reverse the depression of the respiratory system and allow the person to breathe more effectively.

The use and availability of Narcan is already saving lives in Wilson County. Last week, a deputy responded to a call of a subject who had possibly overdosed on an unknown drug. Upon the arrival of the deputy, the subject was unresponsive and breathing appeared, “shallow and labored” along with discoloration of the lips and hands, as they appeared to turn dark blue/black.

The deputy quickly administered Narcan intranasally. WEMA arrived on the scene, established an I.V., and gave a second dose of Narcan. The subject was then transported to a hospital for medical treatment and survived the incident.

“Deputies who have completed the training can administer Narcan to someone who has overdosed on opioids and is in respiratory distress,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Deputies are trained to deliver the drug through the nostrils using an atomizer attachment, which has already been shown to be a useful tool in saving lives. The quick reaction by the deputy, along with the assistance of WEMA, played a vital role in saving this person’s life.”

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