Next month the Clayton Police Department will become the first agency in the Johnston County area to carry a life saving drug that can help prevent drug overdose deaths from narcotics such as heroin and opiod pain relievers, according to a release from the town.
Naloxene is a nasal spray medication that temporarily blocks the affects of dangerous drugs like heroin long enough to restore breathing in a person experiencing respiratory failure from an overdose. Officers will receive training this month on how to recognize overdoses and respond with the drug, since they sometimes at the scene before EMS.
Clayton police join 70 other agencies across the state that have equipped officers with Naxolene to cut back overdose deaths. Statewide, those deaths have increased 565 percent since 2010 and more than 1,100 people die from accidental overdose each year.
Police Chief Wayne Bridges said Clayton isn’t experiencing major problems with drug use, but the town wanted to be prepared.