Deputies save two lives in one week thanks to heroin antidote

Deputies save two lives in one week thanks to heroin antidote

CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Two lives saved in the first week. That is the result of deputies carrying the heroin overdose reversal drug Narcan, according to the Clermont County Sheriff's Office.

They are the first police agency in southwest Ohio to carry it and so far, Clermont county's sheriff says it is working. Although heroin still has a tight grip on the Tri-State, he hopes Narcan will loosen it.

"She was several months pregnant and we brought her out of her overdose or counteracted the overdose and that same week a middle aged gentleman. Same thing," said Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg giving two examples of overdose reversals thanks to deputies having Narcan in their cruisers.

With more than 20 packages of the drug under lock and key, Rodenberg says his department is more prepared than ever to handle the heroin epidemic.

"They go out on patrol with them. If they need them, fine. If not, they bring them back and store them here for safe keeping and for the temperature requirements so they don't go back in the extreme weather," said Rodenberg.

Cincinnati Police began carrying the same drug last Friday hoping to have the same success. Both departments say the goal is not to offer an easy out for addicts but to save lives.

"We don't make moral judgments on that and say well they caused their own problem so we're not going to give them a hand. That is not what we are here for. We're here to help people who need help," said Rodenberg.

Sheriff Rodenberg says each dose costs approximately fifty dollars. Their department received a grant through the county's mental health services department to purchase the drug.

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