posted on February 17, 2016 13:48
For Immediate Release
On Thursday, February 18, 2015, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar will hold a press conference to announce that county police officers are being equipped with and trained in the use of the heroin antidote Narcan.
All commissioned police personnel will be trained to use this medication, which will be available in every St. Louis County patrol vehicle.
“We are attacking the heroin epidemic from all angles,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said. “We are training and equipping our officers with Narcan. We are devoting police and county resources toward educating the public. And at my urging this week, the county council introduced legislation to establish Prescription Drug Monitoring to prevent an individual from receiving multiple prescriptions for opioids, which are gateway drugs to heroin.”
St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar added, “I am extremely proud of County Executive Stenger’s leadership regarding the heroin epidemic. Make no mistake, the heroin epidemic is not only prevalent in St. Louis County, but throughout the entire nation. By equipping County police officers with Narcan, we have a real opportunity to save lives, as often times the police are the first responders on the scene of an overdose emergency. We saw over 90 heroin related deaths in St. Louis County in 2015. If we can cut into that number by equipping police with Narcan, it is a major step in the fight against the epidemic.”
The press conference will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Louis County Emergency Operations Center, 1150 Hanna Road in Ballwin. Following the press conference, the first wave of St. Louis County Police Officers will be trained in the use of Narcan. The training will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. at the same location. Media is welcome to attend the training, as well. Following the press conference, Detective Casey Lambert, of the St. Louis County Police Bureau of Drug Enforcement, will be available to answer questions from the media.