Sheriff’s Station to receive Narcan donation

A deputy holds a box of NARCAN after boxes of the life-saving drug were handed out to deputies at a training for its use in the field at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will soon be equipped with even more of the life-saving opioid antidote Narcan.

Matrix Institute on Addictions donated at total of 502 two-dose packages to be distributed throughout Los Angeles County where needed. The gift is valued at $34,000.

It is still being determined how many packages Santa Clarita will receive, according to Lieutenant Thomas Giandomenico with the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department’s Special Weapons Team.

Santa Clarita’s initial supply of Narcan totaled 181, so their share of the gift will serve as a replacement for the packs that have already been used, Giandomenico said.

L.A. County Sheriff’s goal is to equip all the Northern Los Angeles County stations with Narcan packets for at least 75 percent of their staff.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote to give the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department permission to accept the donation at their meeting Tuesday.

In addition to Santa Clarita, Lancaster, Palmdale, Altadena, Crescenta Valley, San Dimas and Temple will receive their share of the donations.

“These specific locations have been identified by the County Department of Public Health as ‘high density’ areas for opioid overdoses,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell wrote in a letter to the supervisors. “The donated Narcan will be immediately deployed in these regions to help mitigate this concern.”

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