Deputies now have over­dose an­ti­dote

Nalox­one is given to the Travis sher­iff’s de­part­ment by group.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Mary Hu­ber mhu­ber@states­man.com Nalox­one

All Travis County sher­iff ’s pa­trol deputies will now carry the life­sav­ing drug nalox­one, which can re­verse the ef­fects of an opi­oid over­dose, af­ter a statewide or­ga­ni­za­tion gave the de­part­ment the med­i­ca­tion this week.

The Texas Over­dose Nalox­one Ini­tia­tive do­nated to the sher­iff ’s of­fice 480 doses of the drug at a cost of about $18,000, its co-founder Charles Thibodeaux said Thurs­day.

Nalox­one is also known by the brand name Nar­can and can be in­jected into the body or breathed through the nose to re­store nor­mal breath­ing amid an opi­oid over­dose.

The ini­tia­tive over the past few years has been work­ing to get the drug into the hands of law en­force­ment and first re­spon­ders, as well as fam­ily and friends of ad­dicts, who are of­ten first on the scene of an over­dose.

“In Texas, when some­one calls in for a neg­a­tive event, an over­dose, a per­son not breath­ing, some­times law en­force­ment is the first one to show up,” Thibodeaux said. “Law en­force­ment be­ing trained in how easy it is to ad­min­is­ter Nar­can can change lives. It is go­ing to change the re­la­tion­ship be­tween law en­force­ment and com­mu­ni­ties. ‘You are

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