Shelby County deputies now carry Narcan to save overdose victims

Shelby County deputies now carry Narcan to save overdose victims

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - More than 600 Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies are armed with Narcan.

Some of the officers have already used the overdose reversal medicine to save lives.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office started using Narcan to treat overdose victims in 2016.

Today, every deputy knows how to use it, and they've already saved more than 20 lives.

When Deputy Timothy Moncier goes out on patrol, he's got a new weapon with him – Narcan, to fight Shelby County’s opioid epidemic.

He's already saved someone, a young woman in Millington who overdosed.

"We hit her with the first round of Narcan and there was no real effect immediately, so we had to hit her with a second one about a minute later,” Deputy Moncier said.

He and his partner continued CPR and then...

"We hit her with a third one,” Deputy Moncier said. “After about 20-30 more seconds of CPR, she snapped right out of it, sat straight up. Of course, she didn't know what was going on, where she was or what was happening."

More than 600 Shelby County Sheriff's deputies are now trained to use Narcan.

The department has 1,000 units of the drug for patrol officers in the field.

The Shelby County Health Department recently issued an Overdose Spike Alert: 18 overdoses in 14 days, 10 of them fatal.

Millington, where Deputy Moncier saved someone, Is one of the hot spots.

Ten percent of overdoses occurred there during the alert period, another 10 percent in Collierville, and the rest in Memphis.

Josh Weil and the Memphis Area Prevention Coalition trained the deputies.

"The point of this is not to keep giving Narcan over and over again,” Weil said. “It's to give people a chance to get into recovery."

Deputy Moncier is the first responder who can give overdose victims that chance.

"So no hesitation using it,” Deputy Moncier said. “People need it. That's what it's here for. That's what we use it for."

If you want to learn how to use Narcan, there's an Opioid Crisis town hall this Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at Heartsong Church on Houston Levee.

The U.S. Surgeon General said the Opioid Crisis in America is so bad, every family should own a Narcan kit.

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