Floyd County Police, Rome Police, Sheriff receive ‘Narcan’ donations from Floyd Against Drugs to help revive overdose victims officers encounter.

Floyd County Police, Rome Police, Sheriff receive ‘Narcan’ donations from Floyd Against Drugs to help revive overdose victims officers encounter.

From left, Assistant Chief Tom Ewing; Ansley Silvers, president of the advisory board of Floyd Against Drugs; Chief Mark Wallace; and Dan Falcitelli, director.

 

Media release: The Floyd County Police Department received a generous donation of the opioid antidote naloxone from Floyd Against Drugs on Tuesday. This donation will equip officers to save lives and revive overdose victims who are unresponsive as a result of opioids.

The gift from FAD is part of their work to fulfill a need in our community. Thanks to fundraising by the group they were able to purchase 96 containers which contain two doses each at a cost of $7,200. The opioid resistance drug is delivered by a nasal spray in a one-use dose.

Floyd County Police Department received 32 containers (64 doses) of naloxone, which is more commonly known by its trade name Narcan, which according to their web site is “the first and only FDA approved nasal form of naloxone for emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose.”

Police officers are most often the first to arrive on scene for an unresponsive person and having an easy to use antidote will save lives. The community awareness group also provided Narcan to Rome Police and Floyd County Sheriff.

“Police officers are on the front line of interaction,” said Ansley Silvers, president of the advisory board of FAD. “This is not treatment, it’s saving a life. FAD wants to make sure our law enforcement is protected during this crisis and equipped to protect and assist the citizens of Floyd County.”

Floyd County Police Chief Mark Wallace said that it’s not uncommon for officers to administer more than one dose of Narcan when they encounter an unresponsive person at an emergency scene.

“This is a tremendous gift that is very needful and appreciated during this time in the opioid crisis,” he said. “It’s an issue that impacts all levels of society and we’re glad to be a little better prepared to help our community thanks to FAD.”


From Rome Police Department’s Facebook page: “A big thank you to #floydagainstdrugs for their donation of 32 boxes of Narcan. We hope we don’t need it, but it is great to know we have it to serve our community if needed.”

 

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