CHEROKEE COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office are now equipped with a lifesaving opioid antidote that will hopefully save lives.
In a press release, Sheriff Jeff Shaver the department has received four Naloxone kits from District Attorney Mike O'Dell.
The naloxone is being issued through a collaborative effort between Sheriffs, District Attorneys, and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
The antidote kits cost about $4,000 each and are being provided by pharmaceutical company, Kaleo Pharma,to address the opioid epidemic in Alabama.
These kits are intended to protect first responders who may accidentally come into contact with a dangerous drug substance
and could save the life of someone who has overdosed. The antidote is given an an injection, much like an epi-pen.
"It allows us to have peace of mind in case of accidental exposure to a toxic opioid and be ahead of the curve in regards to this epidemic
creeping across our country", said Sheriff Shaver.
According to Shaver, the Sheriff's Office expects to receive 20 more doses, through an agreement with the Sheriff's Office and the
National Sheriffs' Association in early 2018, which will be enough to equip every deputy.
"We are glad to be equipping our deputies with these kits, and we are fortunate to have not seen the results
of the national opioid epidemic here yet, like many more urban areas", Shaver said.