Athens police save man's life hours after receiving Narcan training
Police in Athens, Tennessee are now have a new tool to fight the opioid epidemic, and it’s already saved a life.
On Thursday, officers were trained on how to use Narcan, which is a medication that can counteract the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent death.
The Hamilton County Coalition trained the Athens Police Department and the Athens Fire Department.
Later that day, officials say they were dispatched to a suspected overdose in Athens.
Officials say Officer Kristen Warren found an 18 year old man had overdosed on a suspected opioid and she used her newly issued Narcan.
A second officer, Officer Darryl Wright arrived and administered a second dose of Narcan.
The man was taken to the hospital by an ambulance.
“This is a perfect example of why it’s so important for Athens to equip our first responders with all of the necessary training and equipment to do their job as quickly as possible. Every day that passes without a necessary tool or training may be a missed chance to save a life,” Chief Cliff Couch said, “I’m proud of the officers that handled this call and I’m thankful to the Hamilton County Coalition for partnering with us to save this young man’s life. He and his family will be in our prayers, and I hope he can get the long-term help he needs.”