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Chase City police add anti-opioid drug to toolkit / February 14, 2018
Chase City Police are now equipped with a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose from heroin and other opioids.

The officers recently began carrying Narcan, a brand-name version of the anti-opioid drug naloxone. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, already has issued Narcan to its deputies.

While Chase City has not seen an increase in the number of overdose victims, Sgt. Will Stembridge said such incidents do occur, and the department wants officers to have the necessary tools to combat this problem.

Opiate abuse has claimed a growing number of lives around the state and country, leading Gov. Terry McAuliffe in 2016 to declare Virginia’s opioid addiction crisis a “public health emergency.”

Late last year, the Chase City Police Department received a grant from the Department of Criminal Justices Services which covered the cost of providing Narcan to the officers and training in the use of the drug.

In addition, Officer Michael Jordan underwent additional training, and is now certified as an instructor in a course called REVIVE. The program, sponsored by the State of Virginia, provides training to members of law enforcement and others on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone.

Department members in Chase City began carrying Narcan on Feb. 1. Stembridge said NAarcan kits will be kept with each officer while he or she is on patrol.

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