Police complete training to carry life-saving drug

Cpl. Charles Jones (Source: KAIT-TV)
Cpl. Charles Jones (Source: KAIT-TV)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - Several police departments across the state carry the life-saving drug Naloxone, or NARCAN, in their patrol cars.

The Trumann Police Department now has NARCAN kits in each of the officers' cars.

The training began Thursday and was completed Friday with the distribution of a NARCAN kit to each officer.

In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic, Corporal Charles Jones said officers are responding to overdose calls more often.

Jones said over the past year, there have been 80 uses of NARCAN statewide where it did reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and saved a life.

Jones said in those situations, every second matters.

"Because of our patrol patterns, we tend to be in those areas, those neighborhoods very quickly, usually several minutes before first responders or EMS," Jones said. "So, this gives us the ability to go ahead and make that difference right then, as soon as we get on scene."

Arkansas Blue and You Foundation donated funds to the Criminal Justice Institute for the state of Arkansas to enable the training and distribution of NARCAN to departments like Trumann.

Trumann officers also received ambu bags and other safety equipment during the training through donations from Trumann EMS, Roach Manufacturing, and the Hospital Wing.

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