Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Minnesota State Senator Chris Eaton are calling for a new law that would allow law enforcement officers to administer a heroin antidote. This would potentially provide quicker access to lifesaving treatment for people who overdose on heroin or other opiates such as prescription painkillers.
Currently in Minnesota, law enforcement officers can’t administer a prescription medication. Senator Eaton will be the chief author of a bill that would allow deputies and police officers to administer the prescription drug naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan. There are 16 other states with similar rules already in place.
Sheriff Stanek said deputies in his agency will be equipped with Narcan and they will be trained how to use it.
“We are in the business of providing public safety and saving lives,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, “Often times, the law enforcement officer is the first person to arrive to the scene and being equipped with this medication will allow them to provide immediate treatment.”