JCSO awarded grant to equip deputies with Narcan kits

Sheriff's office receives 100 kits

By Shakari Briggs
The Pine Bluff Commercial

Since November, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office have been trained to use Naloxone Hydrochloride commonly known as Narcan—- a drug used by law enforcement agencies to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Sheriff Lafayette Woods, Jr. says earlier this year, the office was awarded a grant through the University of Arkansas System’s Criminal Justice Institute via the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.

“Our agency was eligible to receive an award of 100 Narcan kits of which 54 will be immediately distributed,” said Woods. “There has been no immediate funding source identified to cover the cost of restocking Narcan kits. However, CJI is working with the Arkansas Drug Directors Office to identify a funding source for restocking used Narcan kits.”

Narcan is the first and only Food Drug and Administration-approved nasal spray of Naloxone used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose, per its website. In order for deputies to administer the drug, they were required to take a two-hour Naloxone administration course. The course trained deputies on the “ability to increase awareness of opioid use and deaths” and the “ability to properly administer pre-hospital intranasal Naloxone.” READ MORE.

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