Naloxone kits distributed to law enforcement agencies

VALLEY — San Luis Valley law enforcement agencies received naloxone opioid overdose reversal kits for each of their officers, thanks to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office as part of the Naloxone for Life initiative. 

Officers will carry naloxone on their person when they respond to calls, allowing the opportunity to reverse an opioid drug overdose within minutes.  Once administered, the person affected will be transported to the nearest hospital for further assessment. 

Naloxone has saved hundreds of lives in Colorado this past year, offering persons with opioid addiction the opportunity to seek treatment.    

San Luis Valley law officers have carried naloxone for the last two years and have saved lives here as well. Law enforcement personnel have embraced this program and the opportunity to serve their communities as part of this statewide effort.

For further information, contact Charlotte Ledonne, San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center at 589-4977.

Caption: Sargent Tristan Van Zalinge, Rio Grande Sheriff’s Office 

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