Winter Haven Officers Equipped With Narcan On The Road
Winter Haven Officers On The Road Equipped With Narcan
This week, all Winter Haven patrol officers on the road will be carrying a 4mg unit of Narcan (Naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray on their person. The Department recently implemented the policy for individual officers to carry Narcan as the epidemic of opioid use and exposure to officers continues to increase across the Country.
All members of the rank Lieutenant and lower will have a 4mg unit with them as they routinely face situations that could result in a potentially deadly exposure of an opioid or an encounter with a citizen needing the powerful drug to counter an opioid overdose. Additional units are located inside of the agency in booking and Property and Evidence. Agency members as well as volunteers who assist with Property and Evidence duties recently completed training to administer the dose should a situation warrant.
“Our officers are oftentimes the first ones on scene and having the ability to administer to an overdose victim prior to EMS personnel could be the difference between life and death,” said Chief Charlie Bird. “Equally, our officers responding to calls involving narcotics have an increased probability of being inadvertently exposed to a deadly opioid and having the Narcan immediately available to administer is invaluable for the lives of our members.”
Through forfeiture funds, the Department spent $6,000 to purchase a total of 160 4mg units at $37.50 each.