Today’s Date: May 29, 2018
Submitted By: John P. Miller, Chief of Police
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Title: Winters Police Department Patrol Units to Carry Naloxone
Effective immediately, Winters Police Department patrol units will now be carrying Naloxone, commonly known as “Narcan,” a narcotic blocker used to treat and reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses have become the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 as synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl and its analogues, killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States in 2016, a rise of more than 22 percent over the previous year. In July 2017, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb cited opioid addiction as the “FDA’s biggest crisis.”
Recognizing that the opioid epidemic is devastating much of the United States, Winters Police Department Officer Alan Pinette coordinated with Yolo County EMS Administrator
Kristin Weivoda to acquire the Naloxone applicators and training for all officers. Training included how to identify the signs of a victim of possible opioid overdose and how to administer Naloxone, which is applied via nasal spray and has no effect on people who are not taking opioids.
Chief John P. Miller commented, “As first responders, having Naloxone available to our officers will help to further protect our community as well as our police officers should they be accidently exposed to fentanyl or other highly dangerous opioids.”
Winters Police Department
702 Main St.
Winters, CA 95694