Starting this month, Hempstead County deputies and jail personnel will be issued medication to help combat opioid overdoses.
Deputies and jailers will be trained in the use of Naloxone, deputies will carry two doses of the medication with them in case they encounter someone who has overdosed on opioid’s or it can be used by the deputies if they are somehow exposed to the drug by accident. It will also be issued to supervisory personnel at the Hempstead County Detention Center.
Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.
During an opioid overdose, Narcan can be used by deputies to reverse the effects of the drugs.
Sheriff James Singleton says with the high addiction rate in Arkansas, it’s important that those who get on scene first have this life-saving medicine. The sheriff says the department responded to at least twenty calls involving intentional or accidental overdoses during 2017.