Arkansas police officers use Narcan to save lives and turn them around

When an officer uses Narcan on an overdose patient, that's just the start of the victim's treatment.

By Laura Monteverdi
THV11 News

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - In 2016, law enforcement in Arkansas began keeping track of each life saved using Narcan, an opioid overdose-reversing drug. Since the start of the program, there have been 122 saves reported.

With the number of overdose deaths climbing nationwide, and in Arkansas, even more effort is being put into fighting the epidemic.

Animal complaints and trespassing calls are part of a typical day for Garland County Sheriff's Deputy Roy Elliot. However, after five years on the job he received a call unlike any he'd received before.

“I got a call of a possible overdose. The female was unresponsive,” Deputy Elliot said.

Elliot was the first on the scene. Armed with Narcan, he was able to administer the opioid antidote and save the woman’s life. It was the first "save" in Garland County since the department received the drug four months ago.

“I never used it before. Although with all the training that we had it made me feel comfortable using it knowing it would affect someone’s life in a positive way,” Elliot said.

As of August 2018, there were 3,300 opioid overdose kits in the hands of law enforcement across the state with a goal of more than 6,000 by 2019. Each kit contains two doses of Narcan, along with valuable resources for both the officer and the overdose victim. READ MORE.

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