This week, in response to increased calls for service involving opioid overdoses, area law enforcement officers were trained in the use of Naloxone.
Many times Naloxone (referred to and identified by many by one of its brand names Narcan) has proven effective in reversing the effects of opioids (Heroin, Fentanyl, Oxycodone, etc.) and reviving unconscious patients when administered by first responders. As nationwide overdoses and accidental deaths associated with opioid use and abuse continue to rise, providing law enforcement with this tool has the potential to save lives. In addition, Naloxone may be used in the field to treat law enforcement officers and other first responders in the event of accidental exposure to opioids.
Over the course of Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17, four separate training modules were provided by Law Enforcement Officers Naloxone Training Program (Project LEON) at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Bluffton Campus. At the completion of the training, module officers were issued Naloxone in a two dose nasal spray form.
Attending the training and issued Naloxone were over 230 officers representing 11 area law enforcement agencies: Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Beaufort Police Department, Bluffton Police Department, Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, Eutawville Police Department, Hampton County Sheriff’s Office, Hardeeville Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Port Royal Police Department, University of South Carolina Beaufort Police Department and Walterboro Police Department. Also attending the training was Coroner Edward Allen of Beaufort County and three of his deputies.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank USCB for their continued support of public safety and Project LEON for providing this important training.