The DuPage County Sheriff’s Department is taking a new approach to help curb heroin overdoses.
The department’s squad cars will now carry the overdose reversal naloxone.
The prescription drug blocks opioid receptors in the brain, which reverses an overdose, ultimately saving lives.
Last year there were 45 heroin overdose deaths throughout the county, including several in Naperville.
“It is common for Deputies to arrive before the fire department, so having trained deputies who are able to administer the naloxone to someone overdosing, could potentially save a loved one,” said Corporal Andy Barnish.
The equipping of this drug is part of a new pilot program, which the county’s Chiefs’ of Police Association decided to start.
DuPage is the first county in Illinois to equip their deputies with naloxone.
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