LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office announced on Monday that 105 officers will be equipped with the lifesaving tool naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication, by Partners Behavioral Health Management.
Partners received naloxone through the state’s 21st Century Cures Act grant.
Authorities said getting this medication in the hands of first responders is critical for slowing deaths from the opioid epidemic.
Naloxone, often known by the brand name NARCAN, is a safe, non-toxic substance used to reverse overdoses from opioids, like prescription pain killers or heroin, police said. The drug is typically sprayed up the nose or injected into a muscle and can reverse overdose symptoms, particularly breathing problems, within minutes.
With the number of opioid users in the county, Lincoln County officers are likely to encounter an overdosing person. And with many illegal opioids like heroin being mixed with fentanyl, a substance up to 200 times more potent, the risk of overdose by exposure is even greater now for first responders working in these situations.