BEND, OR -- Bend Police are now carrying a life-saving medication that can reduce the effects of a narcotic overdose. Lt. Clint Burleigh says patrol officers were trained in the use of Naloxone, last week. "This is not to replace EMS or medical treatment. This is just to get them into a position to be safer sooner."
He tells KBND News one officer even used Naloxone to help a suspected overdose victim, within hours of completing his training, last week. "If we believe it’s an overdose of some kind of narcotic analgesic or opioid drug, we can give this Naloxone very quickly and we should see quick results with them recovering, breathing should be getting better, a little bit more stable so that when medics get there they can stabilize them and get them to the nearest medical facility."
It's administered as a nasal spray. Lt. Burleigh says patrol officers were trained by Bend Fire medics because the number of opioid overdoses is on the rise and police are often first on the scene. "I would suspect in the near future, you’re going to see a lot more police departments using it. We’re in the business of saving lives, protecting the citizens of Bend, doing the best to make to make them as safe as possible."