Warrenton, Ore. – The Warrenton Police Department is now carrying Naloxone (Narcan) overdose kits in each vehicle and becomes the first department in Clatsop County to equip patrol officers with the life-saving drug. An additional kit is located at the station in the evidence processing area adjacent to the evidence room.
Columbia Memorial Hospital supported the Warrenton Police Department in starting this program by donating the first 10 kits.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist used to reverse the effects of opiates such as heroin, morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl overdoses. It will also work on the growing number of synthetic opioids like “Pink” (or U-47700) that are being developed and distributed through various channels around the country and Oregon. Warrenton had an overdose the County Medical Examiner attributed to “Pink” in April of this year.
Prior to using, all WPD staff are required to take a State-approved online video training and receive the full training protocol sheets. Clinical oversight is provided by Clatsop County Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Duncan. Primary medical oversight is provided by Dr. Regina Mysliwiec, who will oversee the training and review any records, also attended the initial training of the officers.
The Naloxone kits will be available and used for any type of opioid overdose. These include overdoses by drug-users, accidental overdoses by people with opioid prescriptions, accidental overdoses by children who get access to medications, as well as exposure-overdoses by officers, evidence techs, and others searching property or people.
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