Over 100 Officers Receive Training
for Opioid Overdose Drug

As of Friday, September 1, 2017, 105 deputies from the Lincoln County Sherriff’s Office have been trained on how to administer naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication commonly referred to by its brand name, NARCAN®.

First responders in Lincoln County are proactively taking steps to educate themselves on the current trends in our society, including the opioid epidemic here in North Carolina. Multiple agencies throughout the county are now equipped with this lifesaving medication, which is vital not only for saving someone from an overdose but also to protect their own from accidental exposure. The Lincoln County Sherriff’s office is the largest agency in the county, covering its entirety.

Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said, “We are pleased to be able to partner with our EMS providers to take our law enforcement efforts to a higher level and to be better able to aid our citizens.  Many times we are the first to deal with an overdose patient and with the ability to aid that patient with the emergency use of Naloxone, we will be aiding in the life saving process. We have reached a point in the opioid epidemic to where we need this ability for our officers and for the citizens we serve.”

Partners Behavioral Health Management (Partners) donated the naloxone to the Sherriff’s Office with support from the state’s 21st Century Cures Act grant provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website, the grant will be used to increase access to prevention, treatment and recovery supports, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

“Partners is excited to contribute and to have Sheriff David Carpenter and his staff invest in this training to help avoid unnecessary deaths,” said Barbara Hallisey, Associate Clinical Services Director with Partners. “Lincoln County has shown a strong commitment to addressing the health needs of the community. We look forward to collaborating further with Opioid Response Teams to help reach individuals after successful reversals and link them to treatment.”

Lincoln County residents have access to behavioral health services locally through the Lincoln Wellness Center, located at 311 E McBee St., in the former Park Elementary School. Residents in need of crisis or routine help for mental health issues and substance use disorders can utilize the center for their needs. Individuals may also call the Partners HOPE line for immediate assistance anytime, every day at 1-888-235-HOPE (4673).