Officers Complete Drug Overdose Training

Opioids are highly addictive drugs used to reduce pain. Common types subscribed by doctors include oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodine), Fentanyl and Morphine. These medications should always be kept in a secure locked location and unused pills be disposed of properly.

Heroin is an illegal opioid. From 2014-2015, heroin overdose death rates increased by 20.6 percent nationwide. Nearly 13,000 died in 2015. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid paid reliever that is 50 times more powerful than heroin. From 2014-2015, overdose deaths from synthetic opioids increased by 72.2 percent. An amount the size of a grain of sand can cause a fatal overdose.

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