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.