COULTERVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – The small town of Coulterville, Illinois is arming its police officers with some cutting edge technology that has been proven to save lives.
Monday night the four officers in the Randolph County town of fewer than 1,000 residents will be trained to use Narcan – a drug that reverses opiate overdoses including heroin.
Police Chief Jason Schlesinger tells KMOX that Narcan will save lives in his rural community where ambulances can take over 15 minutes to respond.
“I feel that we’re the first on scene and we have a responsibility to our community to provide this service,” says Schlesinger.
According to USA Today, Narcan reversed overdoses in 211 of 221 cases involving the Quincy, Massachusetts Police.