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Narcan Saves Lives

02/28/2019

In December 2019 with the assistance of the Criminal Justice Institute, the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office received a grant through the Blue & You Foundation (BAUF) to purchase Naloxone (Narcan) kits. The BAUF awards grants to nonprofit or governmental organizations and programs that positively affect the health of Arkansans. This grant allowed for training the deputies in administering this life-saving drug to individuals experiencing an opioid overdoes as well as equipping each trained deputy with a kit.

On January 12, deputies responded to a disturbance on Shawnee Drive. When deputies arrived at the residence, a male subject asked if he could sit in the back of their vehicle because it was cold outside. After receiving a written statement from the other party, the deputies went to speak with the male. Deputies noticed the man was slumped over in the seat and unresponsive to verbal commands, and immediately contacted MEMS. One of the deputies then began to conduct a sternum rub to wake him. After not getting a response, the deputy called for assistance. Two deputies arrived to help; they felt for a pulse and noticed it was faint and his breathing was shallow.

The other party then informed deputies the male subject had been drinking and took some of her pain medication. One of the deputies administrated both Narcan nasal sprays from his kit and maintained proper medical care until MEMS arrived. Medical treatment continued. Once the male was alert, he was transported to the hospital for further care.

We are thankful to all of the deputies who arrived at the scene and were able to administer life-saving protocols. Due to their quick thinking, they saved this man's life. Job well done!

The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office is thankful that we are able to equip our deputies with these tools. We would like to give a special thank you to both Dr. Cheryl P. May, Director, Criminal Justice Institute, and Kirk Lane, Arkansas Drug Director, Arkansas State Police.

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