by Tina Johansson
This week marked the 21st person whose life was saved by Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies using a drug which reverses the effects of opioid overdose.
Because of the Lake County Naloxone program, many people have been given another chance at life, and we must work together as a community to capitalize on their second chance.” – Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran
Naloxone, the injection drug used to help overdose victims by the LCSO, and used by other law enforcement members around Lake County since it became available in December 2014, has reached saving a total of 100 people suffering opioid overdoses.
“One hundred saves is an amazing accomplishment, and I couldn’t be more proud of the law-enforcement approach throughout Lake County,” said Sheriff Mark Curran. “Because of the Lake County Naloxone program, many people have been given another chance at life, and we must work together as a community to capitalize on their second chance.”
Undersheriff Ray Rose said, “Not only has the Lake County Sheriff’s Office saved 21 lives, but the sheriff’s office is implementing programs aimed at drug abuse prevention and recidivism reduction, as it’s imperative we have a plan after Naloxone is administered. We must continue making the heroin epidemic a community issue and continue having a community approach toward this poison.”
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is a proud member of the Lake County Opioid Initiative, a countywide coalition diligently working to prevent opioid use, abuse, misuse, addiction, overdose, and death.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has trained 284 sheriff’s employees in the use and administration of Naloxone. The Lake County Health Department trains Lake County law-enforcement on the use and deployment of Naloxone utilizing an Evzio auto-injector. The auto-injectors are available to Lake County law enforcement through a donation made to the Lake County Health Department.