Ohio sheriff won’t let deputies carry Narcan, citing safety

CBS NEWS/PHOTO

HAMILTON, Ohio — A sheriff in an Ohio county with record numbers of overdose deaths in recent years is sticking to his long-standing refusal to allow deputies to carry an overdose-reversal drug.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says he remains opposed for safety reasons because people can become hostile and violent after being revived with Narcan. Deputies in neighboring counties in southwest Ohio do carry it.

“I don’t do Narcan,” Jones told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “They never carried it. Nor will they. That’s my stance.”

County emergency crews administer Narcan, and the Butler County Health Department has been offering free naloxone kits to relatives and friends of addicts.

In addition to reviving drug users who overdose, Narcan has also been used to save the lives of law enforcement officers and even police dogswho were accidentally exposed to dangerous levels of opioids on the job.

Jones’ latest comments came after a city councilman in Butler County’s Middletown drew national attention with his suggestion that emergency crews should stop responding to people who repeatedly overdose. Councilman Dan Picard also suggested that people who overdose should be forced to perform community service to make up for the cost of an emergency run.

Middletown’s city manager responded with a statement that the city continues to respond to every call.

Ohio is among the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis. Butler County, near Cincinnati, had a record 192 drug overdose deaths last year. The county coroner has said it is on pace for other record year in 2017.

Jones, an early supporter of Donald Trump’s Republican presidential campaign, has gotten national attention before on his tough talk on illegal immigration. He has written to the Mexican government calling for reimbursement for housing in the county jails immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

WIVB.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s