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Redding Police Department unveils program to combat opioid overdoses

Redding Police chief Roger Moore discusses his department's new naloxone program, aimed at reversing overdose deaths related to the opioid epidemic. RPD was provided with the kits by a local nonprofit at a press conference, January 4, 2018 in Redding, California.Â?

REDDING, Calif. - The Redding Police Department is now equipping officers with applications of naloxone, a drug that can reverse opioid-related overdoses. 

At a press conference held in the Shasta County Community Health Center, RPD chief Roger Moore explained his department's plan to utilize 24 kits provided by the local nonprofit NoRXAbuse as needed in the field.

"From the drug addict who accidentally overdoses, to the child who accidentally ingests a large amount of opiates, to the peace officer who brushes up against fentanyl, which is a deadly opiate, to our police canines who serve and protect us, the ability of our officers to administer naloxone will save lives," Moore said.

For more information on the Redding Police Department's programs visit their website here. 

For information on the nonprofit NoRXAbuse, visit their website here. 

Visit the National Institute On Drug Abuse website here to learn more about naloxone. 

Information from the Bureau of Justice Assistance about law enforcement naloxone programs can be found here.

 

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