Lawrence police get new tool to combat heroin overdoses

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All Lawrence Police Dept. officers will begin carrying Narcan kits, which are used in an effort to reduce life-threatening results of heroin overdoses. (Submitted photo)

All Lawrence Police Dept. officers will begin carrying Narcan kits, which are used in an effort to reduce life-threatening results of heroin overdoses. (Submitted photo)

Thanks to a 2016 Drug Free Communities Grant from the Drug Free Marion County initiative, Lawrence Police Department officers will receive a new tool to help combat heroin use and overdoses.

The Lawrence Police Department was awarded a nearly $5,000 grant in late December of 2015 that will provide Narcan kits for more than 80 full-time and reserve officers. The kits contain naloxone, a prescription drug that reverses an opioid overdose. Opioids, including heroin, oxyxodone, hydrocodone, codeine and methadone, can slow or stop a person’s breathing during an overdose and lead to death. Naloxone assists with keeping overdose victims awake and breathing.

All Lawrence officers will be equipped with a Narcan kit and will have completed training on how to use the kits by mid-March, allowing first responding officers to administer Narcan in an effort to reduce the life-threatening results of heroin and opiate-related overdoses in the community.

“As a police department, we understand the life-saving need for these kits and the positive impact they provide to help address the heroin and opiate-related overdose problem the state of Indiana faces,” stated Lawrence Deputy Chief Curtis Bigsbee, who’s efforts helped win the grant funds for the department.

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