Lincolnton Police Department officers now have another tool in their arsenal that may one day save someone’s life.

Narcan is a drug that stops the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opioid-based narcotics. Should officers come into contact with someone suffering from a potentially fatal overdose, they will now have the tools and training to help that person.

The abuse of heroin and painkillers is an epidemic in our community, and so many other communities around the country. It cuts across all demographics and its effects have touched nearly every family, in one way or another. The best way to combat the spread of these deadly drugs may be up for debate. But what isn’t up for debate is the obligation of law enforcement officials and medical providers to try to save lives when they can.

The Lincolnton Police Department should be commended for being proactive and issuing Narcan to its officers. When LPD officers told officials with Partners Behavioral Health Management that the department couldn’t afford to purchase Narcan on its own, Partners stepped up and furnished the medication. Partners also deserves the community’s thanks. Lincoln County’s other emergency services departments should work to acquire Narcan as well.

The LPD’s inability to purchase the drugs on its own does call into question some of the city’s spending priorities, but that’s another issue for another day. What matters now is that the city’s law enforcement officers are better equipped to deal with another aspect of the opiate epidemic. If one life is saved, it will be worth it.

 

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