Alleghany County Sheriffs Deputies Will Carry Narcan

Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office has announced that sheriff’s deputies in Alleghany County are now carrying a medication that reverses opioid overdoses. This comes as part of an initiative to address the opioid epidemic that is affecting people across the Commonwealth and the United States.
Often, deputies are the first to arrive on the scene of an overdose. The Sheriff’s Office has issued Narcan Nasal Spray (naloxone) to each patrol deputy to administer to people who may have overdosed on drugs such as heroin, fentanyl, or other opioids. Previously, naloxone was only carried in the field by emergency medical personnel and administered by ambulance crews or emergency room doctors.

Narcan only works on opioids and is safe to use on adults, children, and expecting mothers.

Law enforcement officers have also come in contact with opioids during the arrest process and subsequent search of a suspect’s property or vehicle resulting in the officer suffering from life threatening exposure to opioids. Narcan can be self-administered or given by another officer in this circumstance.

Jail deputies have also been trained with Narcan and have it available for administering to inmates.