“With the growing heroin epidemic, this training will help save many lives,” the press release stated. “Deputies will also be able to provide information on resources, and help those addicted get the help they need.”

The Miller County Sheriff’s Office has just announced that it now has the capability to administer an opioid antidote to overdose victims.

Deputies recently underwent training at the Columbia Police Department training center to administer naloxone, known as NARCAN.

NARCAN is an FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. It counteracts the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose. 

The MCSO stated in a press release that trained deputies will now carry NARCAN for use prior to EMS arrival as needed. This training in Columbia was provided by the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse - St. Louis.

“With the growing heroin epidemic, this training will help save many lives,” the press release stated. “Deputies will also be able to provide information on resources, and help those addicted get the help they need.”

No further information is available at this time.