Why this Ohio sheriff refuses to let his deputies carry Narcan to reverse overdoses

From the Post:

No one has come up with a solution to the opioid epidemic that has decimated Rust Belt states, but for people who overdose, Naloxone is about as effective an antidote as there is. The results of the opioid antagonist, which is sprayed up a person’s nose and reverses the effect of opioid overdoses, have been likened to resurrecting someone from the dead.

Paramedics and firefighters routinely carry the easy-to-administer medication in their vehicles. For police officers in the nation’s hardest hit areas, like southwest Ohio, the Food and Drug Administration-approved nasal spray, known by the brand name Narcan, can be as common as handcuffs. Even some librarians have learned to use the drug to revive people who overdose in their stacks.

But Richard K. Jones, the sheriff of Butler County, Ohio, raised eyebrows recently when he said that his deputies will never carry the medication.

“We don’t do the shots for bee stings, we don’t inject diabetic people with insulin. When does it stop?” he told The Washington Post.

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