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The Coconino County Adult Probation Department recently issued Naloxone to all probation officers. Naloxone (sold under the brand name Narcan) is an opioid reversal drug used in suspected opioid overdoses.
The department trained all officers to recognize suspected opioid overdoses and how to correctly administer naloxone in the field. While numbers of reported overdoses are low in Coconino County, officers are now equipped to address them.
“Our probation officers routinely conduct home and field contacts with our clients, many of whom suffer from substance use disorders,” said Chief Probation Officer Sarah Douthit. “We wish to ensure that our officers are equipped to deal with crisis overdose situations with the hopes that we never have to deploy these resources. We believe in treatment and recovery and work with our clients to develop treatment plans to overcome addiction. This is one more tool to help in the community in which we live and work.”
In June 2017, Governor Doug Ducey issued a Declaration of Emergency to address the State’s ongoing fight against opioid abuse. Working with the legislature and the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Opioid Action Plan was created. Part of this plan created a DHS program to train and equip first responders with life-saving doses of naloxone at no cost to qualifying agencies.
For questions, please contact Chief Probation Officer Sarah Douthit at 928-679-8409.###