The Chandler Police Department recently implemented a policy requiring uniformed officers to carry Naloxone. Beginning in September, all Chandler police officers, and a portion of the Department’s professional staff, have received training on the use of Naloxone in the field. Naloxone, an opioid reversal drug, has been used as an emergent overdose treatment in hospitals and pre-hospital settings for over 50 years.
On October 10, 2017, Officer J. Barker was dispatched to the 700 block of North Arrowhead Drive in reference to a possible overdose victim. When Officer Barker arrived, he located a subject in a vehicle and, after determining this individual was showing signs and symptoms of opioid withdraw, he administered two doses of Naloxone, reviving the subject.
The subject was provided further treatment from members of the Chandler Fire, Health, & Medical Department.