Police officers in Fairfax County are being issued new equipment to help them handle the growing opioid drug epidemic.
Every officer in the police department will be getting a face mask and goggles to protect them from accidental exposure to deadly drugs such as fentanyl and carfentanyl. This will be added to the protective gloves officers already carry.
About 500 officers will also carry Narcan kits, which can be used to reverse the deadly effects of an opioid overdose. Narcan Nasal Spray 4mg is an FDA-approved nasal form of naxolone, a drug that counteracts those life-threatening effects.
Get trained to use Narcan to save a life
Over 1,300 people in Fairfax County have been trained to use Narcan to save a life. You can receive this free, one-hour training on-line from the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.
According to Fairfax County police statistics, 113 people died from opioid overdoses in the county in 2017. If you or someone you know needs help with a substance use issue, call the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board:
- Emergency Services (24/7) – 703-573-5679 (TTY 711)
- Fairfax Detoxification Center (24/7) – 703-502-7000 (TTY 703-322-9080)
- CSB Entry & Referral Services – 703-383-8500
- Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies