JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police are increasing their fight against opioid overdoses.
The department recently received 175 Naloxone overdose kits, according to Lt. Jim Chambers.
Every certified officer, including K9's, will be issued a kit after completing the proper training.
"We are training all of our officers in CPR," Chambers said. "They all have to be CPR certified in order to issue out the Naloxone to them, and they'll be going through Naloxone certification also."
The drug, which is in the form of nasal spray, is known to save lives.
"If we respond to any opioid overdoses, we will have the ability to administer the Naloxone, which causes the opioid to lose contact with receptors in the brain," Chambers said. "So, this drug can actually bring them out of an overdose within minutes."
Some JPD officers have completed their training, while others will be going through the courses over the next few months.
"It gives us the ability to help people that may be experiencing an overdose of any type of opioid, should it be pills, Heroin or Fentanyl," Chambers said.
The kits and training were made possible by a grant that the Criminal Justice Institute received from the Blue and You Foundation.