Thanks to Donation Sheriff’s Office and Deputies Now Carry Narcan
May 07, 2018 04:14PM
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Media Release from Cook County Law Enforcement - May 7, 2018
May 7, 2018 – The Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Deputies, including K-9 Deputy Eddy, are now equipped to carry the opioid antidote Narcan, thanks to a citizen donation through their 501(C)(3) charitable medical organization. The overdose reversal drug protects the public as well as the officers themselves.
“We are extremely grateful for this donation and for the Schloot family’s concern for our law enforcement officers’ and life safety in the community,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen. “Unfortunately, these dangerous substances are out there and we are now protected should we be exposed.”
There is a significant threat to law enforcement personnel and other first responders who may encounter fentanyl, carfentanil and other fentanyl-related substances through routine law enforcement, evidence collection or emergency or life-saving activities. Fentanyl can be ingested orally, inhaled through the nose or mouth, or absorbed through the skin or eyes. Exposure to even a small amount (equivalent of five to six grains of salt) can lead to significant health complications, respiratory depression or death.
"We are thrilled to help with the acquisition of a life-saving drug for our community, " said John and Rose Schloot, lodge owners in the Gunflint Trail area of Cook County.
The Sheriff’s Office has just completed training to use the Narcan through the Grand Marais Northshore Health Hospital. Deputies have each been provided with the nasal-spray type antidote which can be self-administered or given to an overdose victim if Law Enforcement is first on scene. Doses of the overdose reversal agent will now also be kept in the booking room at the Cook County Jail and in the evidence processing room.
Contact: Valerie Marasco, Director of Emergency Management & Public Information, mobile
218-387-5366 or [email protected]