Narcan saves a life in Sequatchie County

SEQUATCHIE COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department, who is seeing the affects of the opioid epidemic, recently got a tool to help people who are overdosing.

Sequatchie County deputies now have a new item they carry around. It’s Narcan.

“We were lucky enough that the Hamilton County coalition had received a grant and was able to fund everybody in region three and provide Narcan and training to put it in cars with officers to get out in the public,” said Detective Paul Howard, with the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department.

It’s a nasal spray to help treat a suspected opioid overdose. Last weekend for the first time, a Sequatchie County deputy used it to save a life.

“He felt that the Narcan use would be appropriate and administered a total of two doses of Narcan, upon EMS taking the patient he went from unresponsive to awake and breathing,” Howard said.

Detectives say with the opioid epidemic, it’s very important to have this tool.

“We have had a couple of people who are deceased now, who are a fatality from overdoses from opiates. Given the fact that in rural counties, law enforcement is quite often the first people on scene, putting Narcan out with officers, hopefully will enable us to save some lives,” Howard said.

While the opioid epidemic is still a problem, detectives say Narcan will help people who are battling it.

“Until we can figure out a way to stop the issue, it is something we will need to keep around,” Howard said.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Department say it would’ve cost thousands of dollars to get Narcan, so they are thankful that the Hamilton County coalition received the grant.

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