Bay County to Use Overdose Meds

Bay County to Use Overdose Meds

BAY COUNTY, Fl - In an effort to fight the Opioid crisis in Bay County, the Sheriff's office will now put a life-saving medicine in its vehicles.

Sheriff Tommy Ford said they will be deploying Narcan Nasal Spray to all patrol deputies in the event they arrive first on the scene of a drug overdose involving Opioids. Ford stressed the successful partnership between Bay EMS and the BCSO in responding to medical emergencies. Bay EMS staff will be conducting training for deputies in the use of Narcan Nasal Spray.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi worked in recent months to get the price of the life-saving meds dropped. She worked with the pharmaceutical companies to lower the cost when first responders buy in bulk.

"It's when someone is having an overdose, just went through an overdose, they are passed out, they can administer either by a shot or by a nasal spray now, Bondi said,"a drug that can literally save their lives and our first responders are running out of it".

Narcan Nasal Spray contains Naloxone Hydrochloride. Naloxone blocks or reverse the effects of Opioid medication, and is designed only for emergency overdose situations.

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