Sheriff’s Deputies Carrying Naloxone

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is the most recent law enforcement agency on the North Olympic Peninsula to carry naloxone — a drug that reverses opioid overdoses.

Naloxone can counteract an opioid overdose

The drug is often called by its brand name Narcan It can rapidly reverse overdoses of prescription pain killers or heroin. Deputies began carrying it this year, thanks to a partnership with the Clallam County Health Department.

“The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is proud to join other first responders in the state who have been trained and equipped with naloxone to help anyone in distress due to an opioid overdose,” Sheriff Bill Benedict said in a press release.

KBDB News Jan 7, 2019

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office joins the Port Angeles Police Department, Forks Police Department and the Makah, Lower Elwha and Quileute tribal police, who already carry the drug and have documented numerous lives saved since starting their programs.

Forks police had at least two cases last year in which Naloxone revived an unconscious person.