DPS Distributes Lifesaving Tool, Tactical Training To Troopers to Help Combat Opioid Overdoses
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AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today began deploying NARCAN kits, along with tactical emergency training, to all Texas State Troopers to provide an additional lifesaving tool for the public and law enforcement. NARCAN kits can help reverse a known or suspected opioid overdose. In 2018, Troopers seized 94.5 pounds of fentanyl — which constitutes more than 23 million lethal doses. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80-100 times stronger than morphine.

 

“The state of Texas is committed to fighting the opioid epidemic and protecting the men and women of law enforcement who risk exposure to these potentially lethal substances,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “These NARCAN kits, along with the tactical training, are lifesaving resources that will help our law enforcement officers respond to opioid overdoses and save lives. I thank the Department of Public Safety and all Texas State Troopers for their tireless work to keep Texans safe.”

 

While a small percentage of Troopers were recently provided NARCAN kits and training, the distribution of NARCAN kits to every DPS Trooper across the state began today. In an emergency situation, along with the proper training, NARCAN provides Troopers with another tool to combat opioid overdoses — a nationwide epidemic — while out in the field and waiting on emergency medical care to arrive. This tool can also help save the lives of law enforcement or first responders who may be exposed to a lethal levels of substances such as fentanyl on the job.

 

“Just last week, the first administration of NARCAN by a Texas Trooper occurred in Hidalgo County. On April 4, a DPS Trooper encountered an individual on the side of the road who had overdosed on opioids. His family was attempting to transport him to a local hospital. Through decisive action, the Trooper utilized his tactical emergency training to administer NARCAN, which ultimately saved this individual’s life,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “By providing every Trooper with a NARCAN kit, we are giving them another tool to save lives as they serve and protect their communities.”

 

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Comments:
What is our society coming to? When we have to protect our National Law Enforcement agencies from Scum-bags of this deadly substance. I remember when Elvis Presley wrote a letter to the President of the United States years ago stating; "Mr President something needs to be done about drugs in our country need to be stopped because they are poisoning our society and I am concerned about our younger children!" Shamefully narcotic use started in Hollywood which was "cocaine" and considered a "rich mans high"! If our Nation was going to do something about illegal drugs they should have done something drastically to combat it in the early '50s and '60s period! Thank you Governor Abbott for protecting our brave men and women in Law Enforcement!
Posted by Big Al at 4/13/2019 6:41:17 PM

Glad that officers have another means of protection. As a note of interest, not all opioids are bad, just as not all guns are bad. Since both are inanimate objects they cannot be 'good' or 'bad' but for the intent of the human who has control of them.
A well-regulated and monitored dose of prescribed opioids is sometimes the only relief a patient can obtain when faced with chronic and unrelenting pain which cannot be addressed by any other means. Many patients do not become addicted, only become thankful for the opportunity to return to some semblance of normalcy and ability to do everyday tasks. I submit that you would choose the same option.
The national outcry against 'opioids' has done significant harm to elders, veterans, and injured persons who have had their prescriptions cut off, or cannot even get a legitimate opiod prescription due to abusers and whoever assists them.
"Opioids don't kill people, people kill people."
Posted by Knick Kname at 4/19/2019 2:41:38 PM

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