The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has decided to issue the opiate overdose treatment Naloxone to all patrol deputies, Lt. Col. Robert Buckman told the Board of Supervisors at its Thursday meeting.
The sheriff’s office began a pilot program in December, issuing some deputies nasal naloxone spray, a medication meant to reverse the effects of overdosing on opiates like heroin, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.
The pilot program is part of the comprehensive approach of the Heroin Operations Team (HOT) initiative announced by Sheriff Michael Chapman and U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) in April 2015. The initiative combines the efforts of local, state, and federal law enforcement; Loudoun County public schools; the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services; and other offices within the Community Services Board.
In February, Deputies Placido Sanchez and Erick Ambroise administered the department’s first lifesaving dose of nasal naloxone at a home in western Loudoun.
“We’re expanding our Narcan [nasal naloxone] program to the entire county,” Buckman said. “Every patrol deputy will be outfitted with Narcan.”