San Mateo County deputies will now have Narcan when handling narcotics cases

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San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies who handle narcotics cases, will now carry Narcan (Naloxone), which is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Officers working on the Narcotic Task Force and the Crime Suppression Unit have been trained in recognizing the symptoms of opioid exposure, and in the use of Narcan for treatment.

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos explained, “[This] is an important safety tool for my personnel and the community.”

Narcan will be used for situations involving an opioid overdose, and also to treat officers, in the event of accidental exposure (Fentanyl, for example, which is a powerful synthetic opioid, can be liquefied, and once on a surface, can be undetectable).