Fairfax cops get gear to handle opioid overdoses

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:




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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.