DPS Troopers Get NARCAN Kits

Steven Pickering
April 11, 2019 - 5:06 pm
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DPS Troopers are being issued new kits to help people suspected of overdosing on opiods like heroin or fentanyl. Starting today, all Troopers are being issued NARCAN and being trained on how to administer that nasal spray to people in distress.

"Law enforcement often times is there before an EMS provider can arrive, and with this additional tool we hope to be able to save additional lives," said DPS Lt. Lonny Haschel.

The medication can also be life-saving for Troopers or other first responders who are exposed to dangerous levels of fentanyl, which is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. 

“The state of Texas is committed to fighting the opioid epidemic and protecting the men and women of law enforcement who risk exposure to these potentially lethal substances,” said Governor Greg Abbott. 

Some DPS Troopers got the first NARCAN kits before today's state-wide roll-out. One has already used the medication to save a an overdose victim in Hidalgo County.  

"On April 4, a DPS Trooper encountered an individual on the side of the road who had overdosed on opioids. His family was attempting to transport him to a local hospital. Through decisive action, the Trooper utilized his tactical emergency training to administer NARCAN, which ultimately saved this individual’s life,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.