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Wayne County deputies now carrying overdose reversing drug

Posted April 26, 2017 1:23 p.m. EDT

Narcan Nasal Spray (Photo courtesy of Adapt Pharma)

— Deputies in Wayne County said Wednesday they are now carrying Naloxone to help treat people who are suffering from opiate overdoses. 

Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist and temporarily reverses the effects of opiates. A person suffering from an overdose can be treated with Narcan, which will help the victim regain consciousness. The victim, however, still needs to be taken to the hospital for medical treatment. 

Since Naloxone was issued to deputies on April 1, there have been two incidents in Wayne County where the drug was administered. In both incidents, it reversed the effects and the victim survived. 

“In Wayne County as in every other county in our state and I am sure many other states, there has been a tremendous increase in overdoses," said Sheriff Larry Pierce. "If issuing this tool to our deputies will even safe one life it is well worth it."