Sheriff’s Department Licensed to Administer Naloxone

simondsNEWPORT – Sullivan County Sheriff John P. Simonds proudly announces that with the assistance of Dale Girard of Golden Cross Ambulance, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has recently been licensed by the New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards and Training & Emergency Medical Services, Bureau of EMS as a Law Enforcement Provider for the purposes of administering Naloxone, which is commonly known as Narcan. Narcan is an opioid antagonist that can be used to counter the effects of an opiate overdose (including heroin).
All Patrol Deputies of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office have achieved a New Hampshire EMS Provider License for Law Enforcement for the sole purpose of administering Narcan. Deputies underwent a formal application process and received training in Basic Life Support through the American Heart Association as well as online, classroom and practical training in Narcan and its administration.
Sheriff Simonds is committed to fighting the opioid epidemic that has plagued communities across Sullivan County and the State of New Hampshire. The Sheriff’s Office is among only a small number of law enforcement agencies across New Hampshire who are licensed to administer Narcan.
Patrol Deputies are regularly assigned throughout Sullivan County carrying out the responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office and because many of the communities are small and have limited resources, deputies can find themselves first to arrive on the scene of a medical emergency.
Sheriff Simonds hopes the Sheriff’s Office can add another layer of assistance to these communities by providing Patrol Deputies with Narcan.
According to Sheriff Simonds, “This gives our deputies another tool that can be used in conjunction with other emergency medical services when confronted with an opioid overdose and hopefully save a life,”

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