HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Every Hattiesburg police officer will now have a life-saving medication at their fingertips, thanks to a donation from the Mississippi Department of Health.
The medication is called Narcan, and it reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
MDH donated 150 units of the medicated nasal spray to the Hattiesburg Police Department, enough to supply every officer on the force.
"This is a generous donation to our department, and it will boost our current supply numbers," said Police Chief Anthony Parker. "The Hattiesburg Police Department had a limited supply of Narcan. Now, every officer on our streets will be equipped to handle an overdose situation if needed."
"Having officers who are equipped for those sort of episodes is a real plus, not only for our police department and it's capacity but also the people they encounter," said Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker.
There's evidence right here in the Pine Belt of just how valuable the life-saving medication can be. At least two overdose victims have been saved by officers equipped with Narcan this year.
Hattiesburg officers will have to go through a refresher training course on how to use the nasal spray before it hits the streets.