YCSO Steps Up Efforts to Combat Overdose Deaths
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has taken another step to combat the growing problem of opioid overdoses. The agency has teamed up with Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking – or PANT – and MATFORCE to begin the “Naloxene Leave Behind” program. The purpose of the new program is for deputies to leave behind doses of Naloxene with people when responding to overdose calls or serving narcotics-related search warrants. Naloxene is a generic version of Narcan which can save people from opioid overdoses. YCSO deputies carry Nacan in their vehicles, but cannot always get to overdose calls fast enough. The hope is leaving the drug with people will prevent overdose deaths. Last year the sheriff’s office reposnded to 145 overdose calls, with 43 people passing away as a result.