GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Greenville County leads the state in opiate-related deaths, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
In 2015, there were 71 opiate-related deaths, and there were 65 in 2014.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office recently received Naloxone as part of a state-wide grant for Law Enforcement Naloxone Administration.
Law Enforcement and First Responder Naloxone administration is intended to restore adequate breathing in the absence of, or prior to, definitive medical care arriving, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Naloxone is a medication that acts to combat the effects of opiate drugs; primarily respiratory depression, seen in overdoses.
On Thursday, June 9th, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office began distributing Naloxone to deputies and training them on how to administer it.
Within 48 hours of getting Naloxone, deputies responded to two separate heroin overdose calls within 15 minutes of each other.
In both calls, deputies arrived and found the people near death.
Deputies put their training to use and administered Naloxone to the two people.
The Naloxone was successful in reversing the overdoses.
Sheriff Loftis said, “I am extremely pleased with my deputies and how they responded in these two cases and am happy to report the incredible success of this new tool available to my deputies.”
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