Narcan now available to Douglas County deputies to help combat overdose

Douglas County Sheriff's deputies are now equipped with Narcan in case of emergency. (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Douglas County Sheriff's deputies now have another tool to help in the event of an opioid overdose.

Deputies were trained to use Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan.

The drug can save lives by reversing an overdose caused by opioids, such as heroin.

Law enforcement officials say the drug could help people until medical personnel arrives.

"If our deputy is in the area of an overdose, they can respond quicker and maybe intervene, hopefully saving the life of the individual," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell with Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office partnered with the HIV Alliance and Douglas Public Health Network to receive 50 doses of Narcan, and now there is one in every patrol car.

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