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NHP troopers to carry, use drug that helps opioid overdoses

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 15:14:50-04

The Nevada Highway Patrol has started to train Troopers and deploy the life-saving drug Narcan.  

Narcan is a drug that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose. Narcan works by blocking the effects that opioids have on the brain and reverses the effects on the overdose.  The medicine is completely safe for anyone who is not experiencing an overdose or does not have opioids in their system.  

This decision will allow people who are suffering from an apparent overdose of opioids or heroin can be administered this drug in the field by Troopers.  

Governor Sandoval decided to act and make sure first responders in Nevada had this life-saving drug.  

Nevada ranks third in the nation for deaths related to opioid overdoses and on an average has one death per day associated with an opioid overdose.  Statistics say when a person is suffering from an opiate overdose they have approximately 45-90 minutes to reverse the effects before death.

Each Trooper will be carrying two doses of the nasal spray variant.