Troopers will now carry Narcan to help overdosed drivers
As the opioid crisis continues to flood across Florida, and there are increasing numbers of traffic incidents involving drugged drivers, Florida’s High Patrol Troopers will start carrying Narcan.
As reported in Health News Florida, the move comes as law-enforcement agencies and other first responders struggle to deal with the state’s opioid epidemic, which is responsible for at least 16 deaths each day in Florida.
The highway patrol “is part of a concerted, collaborative effort to combat the opioid crisis,” Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Terry Rhodes said in a prepared statement.
Troopers in Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties were the first officers to receive supplies of the drug, according to a news release.
“FHP knows firsthand the seriousness of the opioid crisis and the department is taking the necessary steps to adapt our techniques and arm our troopers with the tools that will ensure the safety of the public and FHP,” says Col. Gene Spaulding, director of the highway patrol.
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To read more about how the Florida Highway Patrol is arming troopers with lifesaving Narcan, please visit Health News Florida.