Mansfield PD Join Push to Curb Opioid Overdose

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Article By Tammy Moore Teague

At last Thursday’s city council meeting, Mansfield’s Chief of Police Boyd Farmer reported that the department would be undergoing training for the use of Narcan. This training will be led by a physician.

Narcan is a brand name for naloxone, which is a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The officers will carry a vial of the drug and administer the spray nasally.

Some states require its police officers to carry naloxone to revive people who have overdosed. Additionally, firefighters and other first responders also carry naloxone.

In 2017 Arkansas signed into law Act 284 the Naltrexone Standing Protocol. This law enabled health care professionals to have standing orders to dispense the drug.

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