All Loudoun Patrol Deputies to be Issued Narcan

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.

[Read about that 31-deputy pilot program here.]

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.

Loudoun deputies Placido Sanchez left, and Erick Ambroise were credited with taking life-saving action when responding to a suspected heroin overdose.
Loudoun deputies Placido Sanchez left, and Erick Ambroise were credited with taking life-saving action when responding to a suspected heroin overdose.

In February, Deputies Placido Sanchez and Erick Ambroise administered the department’s first lifesaving dose of nasal naloxone at a home in western Loudoun.

[Read about Deputies Placido Sanchez and Erick Ambroise’s heroics here.]

“We’re expanding our Narcan [nasal naloxone] program to the entire county,” Buckman said. “Every patrol deputy will be outfitted with Narcan.”

4 thoughts on “All Loudoun Patrol Deputies to be Issued Narcan

  • 2016-04-25 at 2:57 pm

    Good move on the Sheriff’s Office part to expand this ability by Deputies. I find it interesting though that one cannot find any statistics about overdoses or emergency room visits by our Public safety entities here in Loudoun County. Other jurisdictions have information and statistics that some may say are alarming. Another publication has information from the Virginia Department of Health concerning statistics and the Emergency Room visits for overdoses per 100,000 residents from 2012 to 2014. Loudoun has been consistently around the mid 80s per 100,000 and for 2014 was at 88. Higher than Fairfax, Fairfax City, Arlington, Alexandria City Prince William, Manassas City and tied with Richmond City. I am hopeful that the pace is not continuing, but since you can’t seem to get statistics about how many overdoses there are or where they are occurring (West, South, East or in Ashburn), then maybe someone should ask for the statistics at the next quarterly meetings that are advertised? I also found an interesting timeline to compare with the continuous H.O.T. team public relations reminder newsflash—April 2015 it was formed, and that would have people believe it was the invention of one said political figurehead. Well….not exactly because the Governor signed executive order 29 at the end of September 2014 initiating commonwealth task force for prescription fraud and heroin overdoses. Other agencies at the direction of other BoS initiated action plan requests in 2014 for public safety entities outline strategies. Here in Loudoun County in April of 2015 the political figurehead has a news conference with Congresswoman Comstock to announce the formation of H.O.T. It is an interesting timeline for sure, isn’t it? Other questions to ask would be, how many Loudoun County sworn Deputies are assigned full time to the H.O.T.? I’m guessing 1 and I’m guessing that they devote most of the their time in other jurisdictions. Which is another question, what statistics are there from the H.O.T. that show what cases in Loudoun they have initiated from the beginning through conviction in court? Not how many cases have they picked up after an overdose, or after a patrol deputy gets heroin off of someone on the street, but where the HOT investigator actually develops their own case? Just some thoughts for questions to ask, and if they are asked then I am not anticipating any real answers. Anyway, it is good that they are expanding this program it certainly increases the odds that it would help someone and may save more lives.

  • 2016-04-25 at 5:41 pm

    I agree with fh. Narcan is a great life-saving tool for the deputies. I would also like to see the stats referenced in the prior comment. If the Sheriff is not pumping it up in the press then the numbers must not be good.

  • 2016-04-28 at 12:58 am

    As a recovered heroin addict, i have a few thoughts on this. You can find a defibrillator in almost every school, office building, or proffessional establishment in the country, but this is not the case with narcan. If you ask me, it should be. I personally have multitudes of good, sober, friends, whose lives have been saved a number of times by a good sumaritan with a shot of narcan. If not for this drug, which produces essentially the same effect as a defibrillator, these selfless people i know today would not be living the lives, and helping the addicts that they are living or helping. Certain folks are under the delusion that using heroin is a choice and that therefore the need for narcan is slim, but those folks are wrong. After the first time i picked it up, it was no longer a choice whether or not i would use. It took over everything i did, and some of you reading this probably had me rummaging through your unlocked car for salable items at one point. I didnt choose to live that life, it chose me.

  • 2016-04-28 at 5:39 pm

    Good points Michael Munzell. Congratulations on your continued recovery.

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