HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – All patrol deputies at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will soon carry Narcan, a medication used to counter the effects of an opioid overdose, the agency announced.
The move comes after the agency received a grant from the Helping Emergency Responders Obtain Support (HEROS) Program, so that Narcan can be made available to all patrol deputies at the department. Chronister said the agency will receive 2,300 doses of the medication, which will be made available to all patrol personnel up to the rank of Lieutenant, court services, crime scene personnel and K9 deputies.
Narcan is an FDA-approved medication that is used to reverse an opioid overdose. It can be administered intravenously or sprayed into the nose.
“We as a community must take steps to break the cycle of addiction and help those who are caught up in this deadly epidemic,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “I am hopeful that the additional doses of Narcan will save even more lives and result in treatment sought by those who are addicted.”