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LCSO: At least 13 lives saved in Loudoun since 2015 by opioid-fighting Naloxone

Figures from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office show 13 lives were saved in Loudoun County as a result of a program to equip deputies with Naloxone, the medication that revives a person during an opioid overdose.

The lives have been saved since November 2015, when a pilot program was launched by the National Sheriffs' Association in partnership with Purdue Pharma.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office was provided with 500 two-dose Naloxone kits, and deputies took part in local onsite training or were given technical assistance.

Nationwide, the program has trained more than 600 deputies and officers to administer Naloxone. Kits were distributed to a dozen law enforcement agencies and offices. The National Sheriffs' Association said the effort has saved more than 120 lives in eight counties.

Over the past 20 years Purdue Pharma has been sued hundreds of times over its marketing of the pain killer OxyContin. Today Purdue's website states its a pioneer in the research of opioids with abuse-deterrent properties.

“As more details on the use of the Naloxone distributed by NSA are accumulated the number of lives saved will continue to climb as law enforcement deploys these important tools to mitigate opioid overdose deaths,” NSA CEO and Executive Director Jonathan Thompson said in a prepared statement.

“At a time when the opioid epidemic has risen to crisis levels, the federal government has done little to help citizens deal with this blight. NSA will continue training law enforcement on the use and distribution of Naloxone. The private sector is stepping up. Federal, state and local governments must act now to develop and implement solutions,” Thompson added.

"Our deputies have utilized their training effectively to help save 13 lives since we implemented the Naloxone program in 2015. Providing our deputies with this life-saving tool has been the difference when seconds counted in these cases of potentially fatal opiate overdoses," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman (R). "In these cases, our detectives follow through on all aspects of the investigation to determine what drugs were involved and who is supplying them."
 

Comments


What a waste of money.  Of course, if it were for somebody that I know or care about then it would be okay.  But for the huge majority of these instances, what a waste of money.


When it was the crack epidemic, we just locked them up.  Why do we want to help these folks.  Ah yes, right…..I know.


Why are we spending millions of dollars to help drug abusers.

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