KPD officer successfully uses life-saving opioid overdose drug, Naloxone

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knoxville police successfully used the opiate overdose drug, Naloxone on a 32-year-old man suffering from an overdose. KPD received a supply of Naloxone two days prior.

"When the officer arrived he found an individual inside his vehicle that was having a hard time breathing, foaming at the mouth. Obvious signs of an overdose," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.

Naloxone instantly reverses the effects of an opiate-caused overdose, including heroin overdoses.

"It's typically one or two calls on overdoses per week. We assumed we would be using it, but not within 48 hours of deployment. But thank God we had it," said Rausch.

According to the latest statistics from the Knox County Health Department, there were 133 overdose deaths in Knox County in 2014. State law now allows officers to carry Naloxone and to administer it to those who are in distress from an Opioid overdose.

Naloxone will continued to be distributed to all officers throughout Knoxville as more medical kits are received.