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March 18, 2019

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Troopers to carry drug to reverse opioid overdoses

Nevada Highway Patrol troopers will soon begin carrying Narcan, a drug to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, the agency announced today.

Troopers are still being trained on how to use the life-saving drug, officials said. Once the training is complete, they will carry two doses of the nasal spray, officials said.

The patrol did not say when troopers would begin carrying the drug.

Narcan blocks the effects of opioids in the brain and is safe to those who aren’t experiencing an overdose or have the drug in their system, officials said. There also is no risk to those who administer it, officials said.

“Gov. (Brian) Sandoval, realizing that Nevada was not immune from the nationwide opioid crisis, decided to act and make sure first responders in the field had this life-saving drug,” the patrol said in a statement.