Deputies now have overdose antidote
Naloxone is given to the Travis sheriff’s department by group.
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