The Dothan Police Department in a collaborative effort with the Alabama Department of Public Health are set to equip Dothan Police Patrol Officers with the drug naloxone or Narcan as it is commonly known. 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.
This is a very important acquisition for the Dothan Police Department as there have been numerous officers across the country that have had accidental exposures to opioids in various liquid and gel forms. In January of this year a Jackson County Florida Deputy was revived after an accidental exposure to the opioid fentanyl during an arrest.
Training on the Narcan will begin this week and our goal is to have all patrol officers equipped by the end of the month.
The safety of our officers remains paramount and this is one more thing we can give them to help them do their jobs and protect them from the daily dangers of police work.