Bainbridge Public Safety Officers were provided with two opportunities on Tuesday to participate in an educational seminar on the drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan.
They learned how this life-saving medicine can be administered to a person who is unresponsive due to an opioid overdose. Narcan was FDA approved in 1971, and can reverse the effects of opioids by blocking opioid drugs from occupying receptors in the brain.
Sessions were led by Pierluigi Mancini, PHD. At the conclusion, officers were given Narcan kits to place in their patrol vehicles in the event that they respond to a call involving an overdose.
Funding was provided by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disablities STR Opioid Grant Project.
For more information about signs of opioid overdose and how to help someone struggling with an opioid addiction, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/EmergencyHelpforOpioidOverdoses.