Samaritan Health Services Donates Life Saving Resource To The Sheriff’s Office

On Monday, July 17, 2017, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received 35 units of Naloxone medication (commonly known as “Narcan”) from Samaritan Health Services to outfit all Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles as well as the Lincoln County Jail. Each unit contains two dosages in nasal spray applicators. The medication was donated by Samaritan Health Services with the intent of increasing life-saving efforts by our patrol deputies when they encounter opioid overdose cases in the field.

“Often times our deputies are the first emergency responders to arrive at a scene of a medical call involving an overdose,” stated Sheriff Curtis Landers. “Having our deputies trained and equipped with Naloxone to administer to patients demonstrating signs of an opioid overdose will increase their chance of survival.”

Naloxone is a medication credited for saving lives worldwide but specifically used in public safety to combat opioid overdose cases related to both prescription and illicit drugs. Examples of opioid drugs include the illegal drug heroin and pain relievers available with a legal prescription such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and many others.

“Our deputies have encountered several different cases of overdoses ranging from accidental use of prescription pain relievers to illicit drug overdoses, such as heroin,” stated Sheriff Landers. “Regardless of the circumstance, our deputies are committed to providing the best service we can to all of our citizens and we are very grateful for our continued partnership with Samaritan Health Services and their generous donation,” stated Sheriff Landers.

-The attached photo is of Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Commander, Lieutenant Brian Cameron, and Samaritan Health Services Safety Director Joe Hutchinson.