In the wake of a growing opioid epidemic in Gaston County, a new partnership
will place doses of the opioid overdose-reversing drug Narcan® (naxalone)
in law enforcement vehicles in Gaston County.
Police officers and firefighters are often the first to arrive on the scene
after a 911 call, so it is important they are equipped with the tools
and training needed to begin treatment. CaroMont will provide 500 doses
of Narcan® and supplies and GEMS will provide education for Gaston
County Police Departments to ensure officers know how to administer medication
to those who suffering from an overdose. GEMS will also track all doses
administered via a reporting card that will be completed by the officer
who administered the dose and then provide a new ready-to-use dose to
ensure the officer will have the supplies needed for a future call.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called opioid abuse
an epidemic in our country, and the alarming effects are being felt in
the Gaston County community. In fact, Gaston County has one of the highest
rates of opioid overdose in North Carolina.
This partnership comes after the announcement of a community-wide initiative
bringing together several agencies to help raise awareness and create
an action plan to address the opioid issue in Gaston County.
Read more about this partnership through our media partners:
The Gaston Gazette