New Narcan training for Bibb County deputies, helping save lives in opioid overdoses
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -Deputies are trained to be first responders, since they’re often at the scene before paramedics are. With a new string of opioid overdoses occurring, The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office wants be prepared to handle these situations. It added one more training program for deputies that teaches them how to use Narcan.
“This is part of the world we live in now. So it’s just one more thing we have to add in,” said Lt. Billy Skinner.
Middle Georgia has dealt with a number of recent overdoses after some got a hold of a drug they thought was Percocet. It actually contained a new type of fentynal.
“We are receiving calls to these overdoses,” said Lt. Skinner. “Sometimes we are the first ones on the scene.”
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is supplying every deputy with a kit containing Narcan, a Naloxone made to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.
“Through this training, if a deputy is able to recognize that there may be a possible opioid overdose, they can administer the Narcan and then start buying some time opening that life saving window,” said Lt. Skinner.
Each deputy will have a kit with two nasal sprays, gloves, and a guide. A small kit could save lives.
“Hopefully we can be one more step in that life saving chain until EMS or the fire rescue gets there to take over,” said Lt. Skinner.
Training is going on all week, twice a day. Lt. Skinner says the sheriff’s office ordered more than three hundred Narcan kits. Narcan can also be bought over the counter at your local drug store.