Local Health Alert: Federal Grant To Fight Overdose Epidemic In Mississippi

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - A fight to end the opioid overdose epidemic in Mississippi and save more lives. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health is using a $3-point-5 million federal grant to supply first responders across the state with Narcan and train them how to use it.

 

120 doses were delivered to law enforcement agencies and first responders in Oxford and Lafayette County last week. The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office will get the life-saving drug next week.

 

"Not a statistic that we're proud of but we did lead the state last year in heroin overdose deaths," said Chief Deputy Macon Moore with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office.

 

Moore said in May 2016 the department bought 20 Narcan kits to keep in patrol cars. The kits cost around $75 each.

 

"From a law enforcement standpoint, I think we were the first agency in the state law enforcement to do this. And it's been used five times successfully. So it works," said Moore.

 

Statewide, The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has handed out more than four thousand doses of Narcan the antidote used to revive an overdose patient.  

 

About 15% of a $3.5 million federal grant is being used to buy Narcan and train first responses how to use it. The majority of the money will be spent on treatment to help heroin addicts kick the habit.

Moore says thanks to the grant, every deputy will be equipped and trained to fight an epidemic hitting DeSoto County hard.

 

"This affects everybody. I mean it could be somebody's child, mother, father, daughter. And heroin, we're seeing it everywhere," Moore said.

 

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health will deliver 100 doses of Narcan to the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office and train first responders how to use it Tuesday, October 3rd.


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