OPD seeing an increasing need for Narcan kits on the job

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How one organizations donation is saving lives

ODESSA, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- It’s a call made far too often and it leaves police officers to respond with little resources.

Prevention Tech, Jackie Duarte, says “it’s extremely important especially since Odessa tops number 15 on opioid abuse in the United States and with our first responders having this handy they can save your life instantly.”

“I mean we are beating places like the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Houston. We aren’t as big as these places and we’re still coming up and that’s not prescription, people that are given prescriptions these are just the people abusing their prescription,” adds the Coalition Coordinator Sara Hinshaw.

OPD says Narcan kits will help out the department tremendously.

“We respond to overdoses on a regular basis and in a lot of cases we’ll arrive on scene before fire personnel,” says Odessa Police Department’s PIO, Steve LeSueur.

Hinshaw says “It does not keep them from completely overdosing it will bring them out long enough to just get them medical attention. We have a problem and we know that I mean the whole United States is in a crisis.”

The Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse doing its part by donating Narcan kits to law enforcement agencies in the Permian Basin.

“You know chances are we wouldn’t have had it and you know if it can save one life then it did its job,” says LeSueur.

OPD just started using Narcan kits a few weeks ago after their first set of donations and is working on training their officers on how to use them.

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