Sheriff’s deputies carry drug to reverse heroin overdoses
BATAVIA, Ohio – The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office has begun to respond to emergency overdose calls in the county by administering Naloxone, also known as Narcan, a medication that can prevent deaths in these cases, said Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg.
Earlier this month, Clermont Public Health staff trained sheriff’s deputies to properly administer the drug. The Clermont Sheriff’s Office is one of the first law enforcement agencies in Southwest Ohio to carry Naloxone.
In March 2014, Ohio House Bill 170 was signed into law allowing police officers to carry and administer nasal Naloxone. Naloxone reverses the effects of opioids on the brain and can limit or stop an overdose when given to a person overdosing on heroin or a prescription opioid such as Oxycontin. Experts say it has no adverse effects, and has saved many individuals from overdose deaths.
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