LakelandPD is Equipped With Naloxone
Recently questions have come about regarding the use of Naloxone by the Lakeland Police Department (LakelandPD). Do we have it available for use? Do officers and team members have access to it? Do we have an adequate supply on hand?
Simply put, Yes.
Naloxone, also commonly referred to as Narcan, is an opiate antidote used to block the effects of opioids, especially in an overdose situation. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin. When a person is overdosing on an opioid, breathing can slow down or stop and it can very hard to wake them from this state. To help reverse the effects of the overdose, Nalaxone is administered to the user, allowing additional time for medical services to be rendered.
The Lakeland Police Department uses two brandnames of the medication. The Department purchased twenty-five of the Nalaxone kits in late 2016 for deployment within certain specialty groups or areas. In early 2017, the Department requested 135 Naloxone kits through a state grant, however we only received 62. In total the Department has 87 doses available for use. Those officers issued Naloxone, do not store it in their vehicles and are required to carry it on their person due to the antidote’s sensitivity to temperature and light. It is recommended that it be kept out of direct light and at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
Every uniformed patrol supervisor, including Sergeants and Lieutenants, have been issued the medication to administer should a situation arise where it is needed. All sworn personnel and certain civilian members within the agency have received training on how to use the Naloxone antidote. Specialty Units such as SWAT, Traffic, Neighborhood Liaisons, K-9, Special Investigations and Street Crimes also have doses available for easy access. In addition, the antidote is readily available to our Property and Evidence Section and the Forensic Services Unit, should accidental exposures occur during the processing and storage of evidence.
It is also important to know that with any overdose call within the City of Lakeland, the trained medical professionals of the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) are dispatched simultaneously to the scene. All of LFD’s apparatuses are stocked with the Naloxone antidote. If both teams arrive at the same time, as they often do, LFD will administer the medication and continue with life saving measures. We believe this deployment strategy is effective for the City of Lakeland.
We hope this answers some of the questions you may have about the medication. Our agency is continuing to seek other grant opportunities to acquire additional Naloxone kits.