Coconino County is issuing overdose prevention drugs to probation officers as a way to intervene in the opioid epidemic.
The county’s adult probation department trained all probation officers on the use of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, a drug used to immediately stop a suspected opioid overdose.
The drug prevents a person from overdosing by blocking the opioid receptors in their brain.
Coconino County Chief Probation Officer Sarah Douthit said the drug would be most useful in dealing with overdoses that occur while officers are conducting home and field contacts with individuals on probation, many of whom have substance abuse issues.
Flagstaff Police and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office have trained a majority of their officers on the proper use of Naloxone in the field, according to representatives from both departments.