LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Officers with the Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) will soon be equipped with Narcan, a life-saving opioid reversal medication.
The LRPD made the announcement on Monday.
On Thursday, officers will receive training on how to administer the nasal spray.
Narcan is used to reverse the effects of a drug and potentially save a patient from overdosing.
Ten other police agencies in the state are equipped with Narcan, resulting in 16 lives saved so far.
"We are sometimes the first responder on the scene. There are many times that we beat MEMS there, so it is really important for us to equip our officers and to be able to stabilize breathing in overdose situations," says LRPD Asst. Chief Alice Fulk.
Each dose costs 75 dollars. One hundred and 60 units were donated to the LRPD.
About 40 officers will NOT have the medicine on them.
It has a shelf life of two years, so the department is looking for more funding options to keep the entire department stocked for years to come.
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