Community Hospital Anderson has announced a project that will provide, train and equip all patrol officers in Madison County with Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of opioids such as heroin, methadone and oxycodone. All Madison County sheriff's deputies, Anderson Police Department officers as well as officers in Alexandria, Elwood, Edgewood, Frankton, Summitville, Chesterfield, Pendleton, Ingalls and Lapel will now carry lifesaving medication in their cars as they respond to emergencies.
Narcan, also known as naloxone, is designed to prevent a drug overdose. Often police officers are the first to arrive on the scene of an overdose, before medical personnel and paramedics arrive. All officers will be trained on how to recognize a potentially lethal situation involving a drug overdose and how to properly administer the drug for maximum effectiveness.
"Unfortunately, we frequently see these patients in our emergency department," said Beth Tharp, president and CEO at Community Hospital Anderson. "And sometimes we don't see them until it’s too late. Equipping our officers with this medication will allow the patients to be treated earlier. This program has great potential to save lives in our community and offer a second chance."
The project is in the early stages, as training will begin soon. A drug replacement program will also be implemented to insure sustainability of the project.
Community Hospital Anderson is an acute care hospital known for providing exceptional care for the residents of Madison and surrounding counties. Community Anderson provides a full range of medical services including award winning maternity services, comprehensive cardiac care, cancer services affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Network®, neurosurgical care and four senior living communities. To learn more, visit CommunityAnderson.com or call 765-298-4242.