LHCPD Now Carrying Naloxone

Posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at 5:47 PM

The Lake Havasu City Police Department, with the assistance of the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS), has taken steps in the effort to help combat the opioid epidemic and treat potential overdoses associated with opioids. On November 2, 2017, Lake Havasu City Police Officers began carrying kits containing Narcan (brand name for Naloxone) nasal spray. The kits are carried in all patrol vehicles and be available to officers in the event of an opioid overdose.

Over the past few months, supervisors, patrol officers, detention officers and some administrators have gone through AZDHS training at the Lake Havasu City Police Department to be able to administer naloxone nasal spray in the event of an opioid overdose. Naloxone allows officers, who can sometimes arrive on the scene of a possible overdose before medical personnel, to be able to use the life-saving drug immediately. It is not just to help those who may be struggling with addiction, but also to help protect those who may accidentally come into contact or overdose on the drug, such as children, the elderly or an officer.

Naloxone blocks the opioid from the receptors in the brain, temporarily reversing respiratory and central nervous system depression. It is extremely important for the individual to receive medical care as quickly as possible. Even after the administration of naloxone, symptoms may return in a matter of minutes depending on the amount, potency and type of drug an individual has taken along with other substances the individual may have ingested, such as alcohol or other drugs.

In June of 2017, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared a statewide health emergency to address the increasing number of opioid deaths in Arizona. Naloxone is another tool officers will be able to use to possibly save someone’s life.

Additional information about the opioid epidemic and the impact it is having in Arizona can be found at www.azhealth.gov/opioid.

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34 comments on “LHCPD Now Carrying Naloxone”

  1. Dianna Nielsen-tyler Reply

    They can afford both..However, Saving a persons life immediately is a good thing…..Saving Cancer patients is a good thing too but we have insurance to pay for medical issues…….I’m on the fence with this…..

  2. Mark Hoffmier Reply

    SMMFH, all this does is just encourage junkies and drug addicts. Waste of money on a lost cause, let natural selection take its course.

  3. Tin T Win Reply

    Would save some morphine overdose when medicine was injected into the abdominal cavity instead of intrathecal pump.

  4. Tammie Sparks Reply

    Copied from near the end of the article ~”It is not just to help those who may be struggling with addiction, but also to help protect those who may accidentally come into contact or overdose on the drug, such as children, the elderly or an officer.”

  5. Haven Brooke DuBois Reply

    Wow! The comments on this! Tammie is right! With the current opioid problem a child ( or anyone) could accidentally overdose! Think outside the box. Glad to see this is on hand. Even an addicts life is precious.

  6. Leslie Berryman Reply

    My nephew says they administer It to the same people over and over again ! Seems to me they don’t want help getting off opioids, let me tell you if I overdosed 1 time it would scare the Hell out of me , so thankful I’m not nor ever have had a drug addiction.

  7. Susan J Reply

    You all act like this is just a “junkie” issue! You obviously do not know any Vets. The VA gives more opioids to Vets than any drug for pain. Some of the most commonly abused opioids are prescription drugs, such as codeine-containing Tylenol, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan), morphine and others. EVERY LIFE is worth saving!

  8. Julie Grace Reply

    This is an awesome thing. Being pro active is a great thing. There is an EPIDEMIC all over the United States and this could be the first step. Nobody chooses to become addicted. Nobody chooses to be exposed in the line of duty either.

  9. Sandra Rademacher Reply

    So sad to see the comments from some people. Who r u to dictate who lives or dies. I personally have never been an addict but unfortunately i do know prople who have or are currently and just because they r drug attics dosent mean they deserve to die. I am sure most people in here have overdone it with something whether it is that you drank too much, smoked too much. Or done something in excess. yes we r inflicting certain consequences on ourselves when we do these things, but there are many reasons why people do these things and they r the only ones who know, but im sure most do not have the intention of dying,. i dont believe anyone should ever watch someone die when there is a life saving treatment out there.

  10. Lisa Reply

    Hello, It is so sad to see all that is going on. People taking things like drugs. However, there are people who live in severe amounts of pain. It makes the good people turn to street drugs or alcohol( which makes things worse, gives them liver damage or organ damage). I totally agree with people talking about drug addicts but please don’t judge those that live in pain and don’t have a quality if life! It is so easy for us that don’t have pain. To speak wrong about those that do. Please just don’t speak wrong about opioid abusers vs those that live in pain.


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