State troopers now equipped with NARCAN

1 year 1 month 1 week ago Tuesday, September 05 2017 Sep 5, 2017 Tuesday, September 05, 2017 7:45:00 PM CDT September 05, 2017 in News
By: Caroline Peterson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri State Highway Patrol has started training troopers to use naloxone, also known as NARCAN, a drug that helps reverse an opioid overdose.

NARCAN is used for respiratory failure associated with an overdose. 

Governor Eric Greitens signed an executive order in July, calling for troopers to be equipped with the anti-overdose drug. 

Many other local agencies have already been trained on using and administering the drug, including the Columbia Police Department, Columbia Fire Department and Boone County Fire Protection District. 

Captain John Hotz, the director of MSHP public information and education division, said with the growing national opioid epidemic, it is important for law enforcement to have and know how to administer NARCAN.

According to Hotz, a total of 908 people died in Missouri from an opioid-related overdose in 2016. 

"Across the country, 91 people die a day in overdose cases. It's becoming much more prevalent. Any first responder is going to have a greater chance running into something like that," Hotz said. 

Last week MSHP brought in troopers from all nine divisions, as well as their crime control division to train. Troopers have to take a roughly three-hour course and hands-on training with manikins. 

Hotz said not every trooper will have NARCAN on-hand right away.

"It's going to take some time of course to bring it in. Right now we don't have enought for every trooper. What we are looking at now is getting it to troopers that have the greates chance of running into somebody that has an overdose," Hotz said.

He said troopers in larger cities such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Jefferson City and Columbia will have first access. 

Kevin Weiberg, Cole County EMS Deputy Chief, said EMS and law enforcement are in this togehther to help the public. 

He said the EMS team has carried NARCAN for as long as he can remember.

"It’s good to have different tools in your toolbox to be able to help the public, whether that be anything from a fire extinguisher to narcan to bandaids," said Weiberg.

However, he warned that though this is an extremely popular drug to use, it does not work on every case. Of the 41 times the EMS has administerd NARCAN on patients this year, only 26 have been successful in reversing an overdose. 

"NARCAN doesn’t work on every drug. NARCAN only works on Opioid class drugs such as your morphines, fentanyls, heroin and things of that nature. So, it’s not a catch all and do all drug. It depends how much they have in their system, immunity or if they have mixed it with another drug," Weiberg said. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A field of flowers swept through Columbia on Sunday in honor of the Alzheimer's Association’s 2018 Walk to... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 8:54:00 AM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
HARTSBURG - The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival is celebrating its 27th year with traditions like live music and picking your own... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 11:05:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City officials declared the month of October Disability Employment Awareness Month at a fundraiser in Stephens Lake Park... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:39:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The first ever Marc’s Dash 5K and Fun Run was held Saturday to honor a fallen firefighter. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:43:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Proposition D is a measure on the November ballot that would increase the gas tax throughout Missouri. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:26:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in Top Stories
FULTON - "Richard's Family" said its goal is giving a safe space and a sense of family for LGBTQ youth.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:18:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Hurricane Michael's death toll climbed to 18 Saturday, after another victim was discovered in Virginia. Fears were... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 6:23:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Police arrested a man wanted for attempted murder and attempted kidnapping Saturday. Police were investigating an unrelated... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The percentage of young kids in the US who received no vaccine doses has continued to rise, as... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:33:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man who previously served 17 years in prison for two killings has been found... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:14:15 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man was shot and killed early Saturday morning on Rice Road and Ballenger Lane. Police... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:22:00 AM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Eight weeks into the high school football season and we're back to the chilly, fall nights. Our... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 12 2018 Oct 12, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 6:03:00 PM CDT October 12, 2018 in Friday Night Fever
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will campaign in support of a proposed 10-cent gas tax increase that's... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 12 2018 Oct 12, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 5:07:12 PM CDT October 12, 2018 in News
OSAGE COUNTY - A boil water advisory is in effect for some residents in Osage County until further notice. ... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 12 2018 Oct 12, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 4:12:00 PM CDT October 12, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Advocates for Amendment 1, also known as "Clean Missouri," rallied in the Capitol on Friday to spread... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 12 2018 Oct 12, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 2:13:00 PM CDT October 12, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Dozens gathered at the Missouri National Guard Headquarters on Friday to watch their family and friends become... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 12 2018 Oct 12, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 2:12:00 PM CDT October 12, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Men and women between the ages of 27 and 45 will now be able to get the HPV... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 12 2018 Oct 12, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 2:06:00 PM CDT October 12, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri supporters of medical marijuana will have their say in the November election. The only question:... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 12 2018 Oct 12, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 1:39:03 PM CDT October 12, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 46°
7pm 45°
8pm 42°
9pm 40°
10pm 39°