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Raleigh police to carry opioid overdose medication due to rise in deaths

Posted August 15

— As opioid and heroin overdoses rise, the drug Naloxone has become a first line of defense to save lives. The medication is designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose.

The growing opioid problem has been called a national crisis by President Donald Trump, and health officials are calling it an epidemic.

Between 2015 and 2016, the number of opioid overdoses in Raleigh has increased by 180 percent and the number of opioid deaths has increased by 78 percent.

"That averages 4 overdose deaths a month in this access," Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said.

The numbers are behind Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown's decision to have all 600 officers with the Raleigh Police Department trained on how to carry and administer Naloxone.

Raleigh police to carry opioid overdose medication due to rise in deaths

Raleigh officers will use of a nasal-spray form of the medication.

"We're in the business of saving lives and protecting lives as much as possible. This is really just another opportunity in how we can be effective in helping to reduce those casualties," Deck-Brown said.

The council didn't need to be convinced on the importance of the proposal.

"The opioid epidemic has greatly affected many across this city and on this council and any opportunity to save a life is worthwhile," council member Bonnie Gaylord said.

Deck-Brown expects officers to start carrying Naloxone sometime in October.


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  • John Archer Aug 16, 1:56 p.m.
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    Unless you are in perfect health, I suggest you find some empathy somewhere. You think treatment for obesity related illnesses should not be given? Or injuries due to sports, which are voluntary? Or how about Or if you are at fault in a wreck, we won't treat you because it just causes our health care costs to go higher.

  • Andrew Stephenson Aug 16, 12:26 p.m.
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    We are talking about Opioids here, "hardcore drugs". As in, prescription pain killers prescribed by doctors for chronic pain or post-surgery stuff. That's what the epidemic is about. I actually have a family member addicted when she had back surgery. Just taking them as prescribed got her hooked. Of course, that doctor is behind bars now, but that didn't help her kick it.

  • Wayne R. Douglas Aug 16, 12:14 p.m.
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    I am. Natural selection is a wonderful thing. If you are dumb enough to shoot up, swallow, snort or smoke hardcore drugs and dumb enough to overdose on them, natural selection should be allowed to take it's course.

  • John Archer Aug 16, 11:58 a.m.
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    Are you suggesting we should save tax money and just let them die?

  • Maureen Mercer Aug 15, 7:58 p.m.
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    I would be curious to find out how many who overdose and are brought back continue to behavior after their release from care.