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MPD receives new tool to help combat opioid crisis

Midland police vehicle (Source: KWES) Midland police vehicle (Source: KWES)
MIDLAND, TX (KWES) -

Midland Police are getting a new tool to help combat the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose within seconds, and MPD will soon start carrying it.

The new tool comes as a result of a partnership with the Special Medical Operations division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the TTUHSC Department of Family and Community Medicine in the Permian Basin.

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Officers will also undergo training about the pharmacology of opioids and the antidote led by Jason Cooper, who is a physician assistant with Texas Tech Special Medical Operations.

MPD will equip the patrol division with the drug first due to the higher likelihood of those officers facing overdose-related encounters.

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