Washington County Sheriff’s office ready to fight opioid overdoses

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Most Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies who have regular contact with the public will now carry naxolone, a drug to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. (Submitted photo)

Most Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies who have regular contact with the public will now carry naxolone, a drug to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. (Submitted photo)

Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office would not stand by helplessly if they were to come upon a vehicle crash — they would assist the victims in whatever way that they could.

Now the same is true for suspected opioid overdoses. Deputies are ready to assist victims in the most effective way — administering naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of an opioid overdose.

The need for this assistance is evident, as overdose deaths in the United States are now more prevalent than motor vehicle deaths, said Commander Andrew Ellickson of the sheriff’s office, who created the policies and assisted in training deputies on the use of the antidote drug.

Naloxone is a medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent overdose by opioids, such as heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl and oxycodone. It blocks opioid receptor sites, reversing the toxic effects of the overdose. The naloxone deputies carry is in a nasal atomizer, so deputies would administer it by spritzing it into the nostrils of a person experiencing an overdose.

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