Marquette County Sheriff's Office to train deputies to use narcan

Posted at 1:39 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 14:39:15-04

Marquette County deputies will soon receive training to administer narcan and get overdose rescue kits thanks to funding from the National Sheriff's Association (NSA).

Narcan is a "rescue drug" that can reverse overdose effects from some opioids, including heroin and Fentanyl.

A new round of funding from Purdue Pharma L.P. is helping NSA offer narcan kits and trainings free of charge to law enforcement agencies nationwide, the Marquette County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

The Marquette County Sheriff's Office will receive 50 narcan kits. 

"Thanks to the National Sheriffs’ Association and Purdue Pharma, we can now provide our deputies with another tool to fight the opioid crisis," said Marquette County Sheriff Kim Gaffney.  "Our deputies, corrections officers and support personnel have long been proactive in fighting heroin and other opioids. Now, with this additional support, we can be even more effective."

The National Sheriff's Association has distributed 500 narcan kits to 12 law enforcement agencies across the country so far. It has also provided onsite training to more than 600 deputies and officers.