WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are now carrying Narcan kits, a life saving drug for narcotic overdoses.
“We haven’t had many up here in the north Texas area that have had to apply it, so hopefully that stays true,” DPS Public Information Officer Sgt. Dan Buesing said.
State troopers are now all outfitted with Narcan nasal sprays ready to help people that have overdosed before it’s too late.
“Since we do a lot of rural stuff, most times we know our EMS and firefighters, so it’s pretty easy to give them a call when we’re on scene," Buesing said. "They’re still a few minutes out and talk through it a little bit and find out if we need to apply it or not.”
Those minutes are very precious.
“It’s extremely important as soon as possible to get Narcan on board to bring respiration back and to keep them from going into cardiac arrest,” Charles Grady, operations manager of American Medical Response, said.
Both the Wichita Falls Police Department and Wichita County Sheriff’s Office do not carry Narcan with their officers, they rely on first responders like American Medical Response or firefighters instead.
The Narcan sprays are a lower dose than the needle injected kind that ems carry with them, but are only a step in the treatment of an overdose. As opioid use stays prevalent, may need to be a step more troopers take.
“We know it’s here and we know it’s a big problem," Buesing said. "A lot of people every year are having problems with it. It’s just a good preventative opportunity for the DPS to be ready.”