Cullman Police Now Protected Against Opioid Overdose

by | Aug 31, 2017 | City News, Cullman City, EMS, Get Smart, Public Safety

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Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are far more potent than heroin. This fact is creating a new layer of risk for law enforcement personnel in Cullman (and nationwide).

Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and law enforcement investigators are at risk of opiate and pseudo-opiate overdoses … simply by touching crime scene evidence, and even breathing the ambient air during a narcotics raid.

As hazardous as illegal street drugs are to users, opioids are also endangering police across the country. Some drugs are now so potent that just a few grains can kill.

Example: This Ohio Police Office Accidently Overdoses After Traffic Stop

In the past, naloxone – the nasal anti-opioid spray known as NARCAN – has been used by emergency response agencies across the country in reviving victims of opioid overdoses.

NARCAN is now in the hands of the officers of the Cullman Police Department in hopes of repeating that nationwide success.

Cullman police officers received training from Leslie Holland, Executive Director of Cullman County Treatment Center, in the proper use of NARCAN.

NARCAN is used to help revive victims of heroin, morphine, fentanyl, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, meperidine and methadone overdoses.

“All of those drugs are addictive. In many cases, our law enforcement officers are the first to arrive at the scene of an opioid overdose. NARCAN can not only help the victim of an opioid overdose, it can also help police officers, or one of the K-9 members, who is exposed to a crime scene opioid.”

The Cullman County Treatment Center provided ALL Cullman City Police officers personalized units of NARCAN. This effective opioid antidote is available in all CPD patrol cars effective immediately.


About Cullman County Treatment Center

Cullman County Treatment Center is a medication-assisted Treatment Center for those suffering from opiate addiction.

Their mission is the total rehabilitation of persons served by restoration of physical and mental health and functional status. Cullman County Treatment Center believes that addiction is a disease that affects the individual, the family, and the community. We believe people should have access to needed services that achieve optimal outcomes. Our patients have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and be empowered to make informed choices.

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Cullman Police Now Protected Against Opioid Overdose

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