Colleyville Police Now Carrying Narcan
The Colleyville Police Department is taking action to fight against the national opioid epidemic. CPD is now one of a growing number of law enforcement agencies across the nation that has the ability to administer a life-saving medication for those near death because of a suspected opioid overdose.
CPD has launched a program to equip all of its officers with the life-saving drug naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan. Narcan is a medication, without any side effects, that is designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. With the growing opioid epidemic and the increased presence of powerful opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil on the streets, police officials think it’s an important tool that could save the life of an overdose victim or even one of their officers who inadvertently comes into contact with an opioid.
Police officers are often the first ones to arrive on the scene of an emergency. Having the ability to administer NARCAN can save valuable time and prevent a fatal overdose.
Colleyville Officers recently completed training on how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose as well as how to properly administer the drug. Narcan is sprayed into the nostril of the individual, and in a matter of minutes, the possible death by overdose is reversed.
All officers will be carrying single-dose Narcan nasal spray kits with them out in the field. Narcan blocks the opioid receptors in the brain and can save the life of an overdose victim by reversing the effects of the opioid. There is no risk in giving Narcan to a healthy patient or a patient who did not overdose on an opioid. “I could spray it my nose right now and it wouldn’t affect me,” said Chief Michael C. Miller, who also used to be a paramedic. “Even if our officers misdiagnose someone, administering the drug will not affect them at all. There is no risk in administering the drug if opioid overdose is even suspected.”
The Colleyville Police and Fire Department applied for, and were awarded, a grant through the State of Texas to supply Police, Fire and EMS departments with Narcan nasal spray.