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Washington County agencies now carrying Narcan to treat opioid overdose

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Multiple Washington County agencies are now carrying Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, to treat people overdosing on opioids.

The Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program provided funding to equip the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Beaverton Police Department, Forest Grove Police Department, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Metro West Ambulance with Narcan.

Narcan can be given nasally and drastically increases survival rates in overdose situation.

Between 2009 and 2013, there were 233 opioid overdoses in Washington County.

“Often times law enforcement are the first ones the scene where someone is having an opioid overdose and for us to take those very critical minutes and be able to administer medication is going to be incredibly important to saving lives,” said Deputy Jeff Talbot of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Health officials say addiction to prescription drugs can happen to anyone. One way to prevent it is to get rid of drugs once they aren’t needed any longer by dropping them off at a pharmacy or an agency with a drug disposal program.

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