On April 19, 2018, the LoudounNow newspaper published an article about the Purcellville Police Department in Loudoun County, VA equipping its officers with Naloxone (often referred to as Narcan). They are the first in the county to do so. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of heroin or prescription opioid drugs. Sixteen of Purcellville’s officers have been trained to use it and are now carrying it. Carrying Naloxone can save the lives of the public as well as protect police officers. According to John Jones, Executive Director of the Virginia Sherriff’s Association, in a drug bust in Stafford County, VA in August of 2017, a Sheriff was treated with the medication after being exposed to fentanyl—a synthetic opioid that is 100 times more potent than morphine. From 2015 to 2016, opioid overdose deaths went up 46 percent in Loudoun County. However, Sherriff Mike Chapman stated that Loudoun is seeing a continued decrease this year, and that they won’t be happy until that number is down to zero.
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