MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The Mooresville Police Department recently accepted donations of Evzio naloxone kits from two North Carolina non-profit organizations recognized for their strong efforts to reduce opioid-related overdose deaths across the state. Fifty naloxone kits were donated to the department by Project Lazarus, based in Wilkesboro, and an additional thirty kits were donated by the NC Harm Reduction Coalition based in Raleigh. Total value of the donation is $62,240.
These donations will allow the Mooresville Police Department to equip its entire sworn staff with this easy to use, life-saving medicine which reverses or blocks the effects of opioids on the body in the event of an opioid-related overdose, and gives that person time to receive proper emergency medical attention. Over the past two years, Mooresville officers have investigated 98 non-fatal overdoses and 15 overdose deaths in addition to hundreds of other cases connected to prescription opioid drug diversion. According to the NC Department of Public Health, there were 209 opioid-related deaths reported in Iredell County from 1999-2014.
More than 650 law enforcement agencies have implemented naloxone usage programs, and to date more than 1,000 lives have been saved by officers administering naloxone on persons suffering from an opioid-related overdose. All Mooresville officers have received training via Iredell County Emergency Medical Services regarding the law, protocols and administration of naloxone prior to being authorized to carry the kits.
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