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Riverside County Sheriff's Department using Naloxone to combat opioid overdoses


Last updated 5/20/2019 at 2:46pm

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is pleased to announce it has begun equipping identified department members with Naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. The purpose of implementing Naloxone is to provide department members with an additional tool available to use during certain medical emergencies.

Recognizing the importance of providing rapid aid to individuals in an opioid-induced medical emergency, including department members inadvertently exposed to harmful agents such as fentanyl, can prove beneficial when performing life-saving measures.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. Naloxone can quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin, fentanyl, or prescription opioid pain medications often times seen when responding to calls for service.

The Department selected the FDA-approved formulation of Naloxone manufactured by Adapt Pharma, known as Narcan nasal spray, which is a pre-filled, needle-free device that requires no assembly and is administered into one nostril.

Prior to being provided Naloxone, each department member is trained on its proper storage and use. These training standards meet all requirements as indicated by the Riverside County Emergency Medical Services Agency (REMSA), and abide by state law.

Since the implementation of Naloxone by department personnel, it has proved effective as witnessed during the week spanning May 12-17 when deputies responded to an overdose in the 52100 block of Avenida Villa, La Quinta. Deputies located an adult female breathing, but unresponsive in the restroom.

Information was relayed to deputies that the subject had overdosed on heroin and methamphetamine and based on the objective symptoms, Naloxone was administered. The female became responsive and was later transported to an area hospital as a medical precaution.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department continues to work diligently to provide the residents of Riverside County with cutting-edge technology and best practice approaches while providing the highest level of public safety.

Anyone with questions related to the implementation of Naloxone is encouraged to contact the Ben Clark Training Center at (951) 486-2800


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