PADUCAH – The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Four Rivers Behavior Health and Turning Point Recovery Center, to facilitate visits to recent overdose victims.
The Sheriff’s Office will help Turning Point determine the best locations for Naloxone emergency boxes in the community. They will target areas where people may be at high risk of overdosing.
Emergency naloxone boxes contain an emergency dose of Narcan which can be given to a person with an overdose. The box also includes instructions on how to give the life-saving medicine.
Turning Stone will maintain the boxes and refill Narcan supplies if they run out. According to Turning Point, nearly 100 boxes will be installed in the coming weeks.
âThese boxes save lives,â said Brandon Fitch, director of the Turning Point Recovery Community Center. âTime and time again, across the country, having NARCAN readily available has proven to be a lifeline. It is high time to put these boxes in public places for our region. “
The installation of Naloxone boxes is part of Turning Point’s mission to reduce overdose deaths in the region. Several law enforcement agencies in the region are already working with the Turning Point Rapid Response Team, which accompanies law enforcement during visits to recent overdose victims.
The new partner of the Turning Point Rapid Response Team is the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office.
âFirst responders are trained to deal with overdoses,â Deputy Chief Ryan Norman said. âBut making sure there is a plan to follow up and encourage treatment is something we rarely have the time to do. By working with Turning Point, we can be part of that follow-up.
The rapid response team is made up of mental health specialists, recovery coaches and addiction treatment professionals. The team works with first responders to make sure an overdose is the start of treatment, not the end of life.