Roosevelt County tackles opioid abuse with new program

Roosevelt County tackles opioid abuse with new program. (Courtesy photo)

The Roosevelt County Detention will begin to implement a new program to prevent opioid abusers from overdosing.

According to the Eastern New Mexico News, Roosevelt County Commissioners approved the program on Tuesday. Inmates who may be at risk of opioid addiction will be given an overdose reversal drug upon their release from jail. The program will use a nasal spray, called Naloxone or Narcan,

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration assures that the nasal spray "can temporarily stop or reverse the effects of an opioid or heroin overdose."

The program will also be offered to other residents as a way to combat the widespread issue and all those involved will receive training on how to use the medication.

No word yet on when the program will take into effect.

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