MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department is taking measures to counteract the opioid epidemic.
Chief Clark Pennington decided it was time for officers to be trained in using Naloxone, an FDA-approved nasal spray used for emergency treatment of a suspected opioid overdose. The medication can reverse the effects of opioids within minutes.
“Any tool that we can provide our officers to help save lives is worth looking in to,” Pennington said. “Given this current crisis that we are in, Naloxone is one of those very important tools to have.”
As of Feb. 14, all officers have been trained in what to look for in identifying an opioid overdose and the steps to use Naloxone to reverse it. Officers will carry the medication while on duty.
Medic donated the Naloxone and provided training, while Central Piedmont Community College facilitated a certification course for officers.