After 4 incidents, Dauphin County now equipping probation officers with naloxone
Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | 10.04.16
Photo by Terry Costigan/@TMCNEWS via AP
This photo provided by Terry Costigan of @TMCNEWS shows an emergency worker holding a baby boy as other emergency workers revive a suspected overdose victim Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at a gas station in Elyria, Ohio. Police say Debra Hyde of Elyria, Ohio, has been charged with child endangering after she was found unresponsive in a pickup truck with her grandson in the backseat, and emergency workers had to break a window before reviving her with the overdose antidote naloxone.
(Harrisburg) -- Another midstate county is equipping all police officers with a life-saving drug known as naloxone.
But Dauphin County is also adding it to kits for probation and work release officers.
Four people this year arrived for their appointment with their probation officer in the county under the influence of heroin.
Chad Libby, head of probation services for the county, says they were sweating a lot, their eyes were rolling back, and they were incoherent.
In two of the cases, officers had to call 911, and wait for paramedics to bring the people back to life with naloxone.
Libby says now, everyone in the county probation office - including secretaries - knows how to use the life-saving drug.
"To show up for your office appointment, not only under the influence but maybe carrying a bag or two on you, to show how impactful, negatively impactful this addiction is," says Libby.
Libby says naloxone is now stocked in the probation facility so staff can save someone overdosing immediately.
"Those moments are scary, I know it affects our probation officers because we really want to see offenders get through effectively, but more importantly, get the treatment," he adds.
Meanwhile, all police officers in Dauphin County will now carry the antidote as well.
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