by Tim Church
BRANSON, Mo. – The Stone and Taney Counties Substance Abuse Initiative, CoxHealth and the Skaggs Foundation team up to donate a opioid antidote supply to the Branson Police Department.
Skaggs Foundation Community Relations Director Mindy Honey explains the purpose of the antidote, known as naloxone or Narcan, and how the donation came to be:
Honey adds current city policy doesn’t allow officers to administer this medicine to a member of the public. However, in case of an accidental overdose, they can use it on themselves or on a K-9 unit:
Currently, all Branson Police Vice Detectives, K-9 Team Members and Evidence Technicians have been trained to use naloxone. Branson Assistance Police Chief Eric Schmitt says they plan to have all remaining officers trained to use this medication by the end of January.
Photo: Representatives from CoxHealth and Skaggs Foundation presented Branson Police Department with its first supply of naloxone, an opioid antidote.