The opioid crisis is no stranger to Northwest Arkansas.
Siloam Springs Police are one of the only law enforcement agencies in the area equipped with Narcan to help save lives in an emergency.
Lt. Derek Spicer with Siloam Springs Police Department said, “With or without Narcan, oxygen to the brain is a major major benefit to someone you think is overdosed.”
Every year nearly 400 people die from drug overdoses in Arkansas. Narcan gives the patient a fighting chance until medical professional arrives.
“We’re arresting more individuals illegally in possession illegally in possession of opioids,” said Lt. Spicer.
That’s why siloam police are equipped to handle what many are now calling an epidemic.
The department is fully staffed for the first time in over a decade and every officer has a Narcan kit. “Our officers are having to deal with the opioid epidemic and as such, we’re seeing more and more overdoses.”
Siloam Police said if you or someone you know uses opiates, it’s important to have a Narcan kit with you at all times.
“Have some Narcan around, have a go bag in your car.” Now you can get Narcan over the counter, but police said it shouldn’t become a reliant life saver, especially if you have a drug addiction, it’s more important to seek help.
“Nothing works 100 percent of the time so if you are using opioids and hoping, I can save myself with Narcan. That’s a very dangerous game,” said Lt. Spicer.