The Gridley-Biggs Police Department will participate in life-saving training next week by acquiring the skills and certification necessary to administer naloxone (commonly referred to as “Narcan”).
In continued partnership with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Butte County Public Health Department, the Gridley-Biggs Police received 25 kits of nasal naloxone, an overdose reversal medication that officers and public health officials say can mean the difference between life and death to those suffering from an overdose of an opioid based drug (Heroin, Fentanyl, Methadone etc.)
“Our staff routinely respond to medical aids in the Gridley-Biggs community and often arrive on scene before Fire and Medical personnel,” said Chief Byers.
The overdose medication will be used by police officers in tandem with other agencies in Butte County who have already adopted similar programs
Gridley-Biggs Police obtained the kits of naloxone through the Butte County Public Health Department, which received funds through a non-competitive state grant to establish a naloxone program.
“Our partnership with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Butte County Public Health Department are critical in allowing our Police Officers to take advantage of this life saving training and medication” said Chief Byers
The Police Department also says the overdose medication could potentially curb the risk of an accidental overdose by first responders as well as the public.