Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Police Department Complete Naloxone Training
June 30, 2016
LNAA Officers will begin using opioid reversal antidote
Allentown, PA – Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced on Thursday, June 30, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Police Department will begin using the opioid reversal antidote, Naloxone, in overdose cases. Opioid drugs include morphine, heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, Percocet, Percodan, methadone, Codeine and hydrocodone.
“The Authority wanted to ensure that our police officers were trained and equipped to provide medical assistance for overdose cases at the Airport,” said Charles Everett, Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.
In a news release, District Attorney Martin said the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Health Statistics and Research, reported an increase in overdose deaths from 2.7 to 15.4 per thousand from 1990-2011. Between 2009 and 2013, nearly 3,000 heroin related overdose deaths were identified in Pennsylvania, 40 of where were in Lehigh County.
“Currently, opiate overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Lehigh County. When certain requirements are met, detectives and officers who have been trained are able to administer Naloxone to individuals experiencing an opioid-related overdose. This program saves lives and combats the destructive effects that overdoses’ have on families and the community,” said Martin.
All officers from the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority have completed the Naloxone online training as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Drugs and Alcohol.
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