OPD plans to use Narcan spray next week

Posted at 5:34 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 20:16:55-04

Another tool for those in blue on the front line of emergencies, Omaha officers will be able to possibly save someone's life in a different way. The Omaha Police Department will train and start using Narcan Nasal Spray next week. An anonymous person donated 150 boxes to the department to fight the war on drugs.

Narcan can be used on someone suspected of overdosing on Opioids or an officer that has come in contact with them to possibly save their life.

The Omaha Fire Department has had it for a number of years and had to use Narcan 211 times in 2016 and 150 in 2017.

"We're well protected but we're thinking about public safety so if we're exposed and we know fire is right behind or we know a kit is right behind or maybe there's a kit in another police cruiser. That's that extra layer of protection,” said Dep. Chief Greg Gonzalez with the Omaha Police Department.

Opioids such as Fentanyl can be absorbed by first responders if they come in contact with it while on a call.

Authorities say to protect your family lock up your prescription narcotics and participate in prescription take-backs to keep painkillers out of the hands of kids. Also talk to your children about the dangers of abusing pills.