Sheriff's Office Receives Narcan
August 22, 2023
Thursday, August 17, the Baxter County Sheriff's Office received more than two-hundred doses of Naloxone, (Narcan) from the Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership (ARORP). This life saving tool is being given to all the employees of the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, including Deputies, Jailers, School Resource Officers, and Administrative Personnel.
Naloxone, better known as Narcan, Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids. Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped because of an opioid overdose. But naloxone has no effect on someone who does not have opioids in their system, and it is not a treatment for opioid use disorder. Examples of opioids include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, and morphine. (Source, National Institute of Drug Abuse)
Deputy Tanner Anderson traveled to Camp Robinson in Little Rock to pick up the Narcan. The picture shown is Staci James with Hope Movement Coalition, talking with Deputy Anderson.
We want to say thank you to Director Kirk Lane of ARORP and Arkansas Drug Director Tom Fisher for their hard work in the opioid addiction crisis. While our hope is the Narcan is never needed by our employees, it is comforting to know they have this tool at their disposal.
Sheriff John Montgomery