The Parke County Sheriff’s Office conducted training for all jail officers in the use of Naxolone (Narcan) on January 23rd and 24th. Sheriff Justin Cole says that “opioid use and overdoses, mainly due to heroin, are unfortunately becoming more and more common and that an overdose could occur with new arrestees being processed into the jail or with any accidental contact of subtances found by jail staff.”
“This is something that we should be doing to protect our corrections officers, but we are also charged with protecting those who are placed into our care who use opioids or smuggle it into the jail which creates the risk for everyone.” Sheriff Cole stated. The training and Naloxone kits were provided through an Overdose Lifeline grant received last month and training officers for the department are now authorized to train any new jail or patrol staff in its use. Sheriff Cole also said that Parke County Deputies received the training and have been carrying Naxolone since 2015.