- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The sheriff’s office for Tennessee’s third-largest county has begun carrying the opioid antidote naloxone, joining other emergency agencies.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Knox County Commissioners approved the acceptance of 108 naloxone kits from the Tennessee Health Foundation, granted by the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, and 200 two-packs of naloxone auto-injectors for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

Naloxone reverses the effects of opioids on the respiratory system. Knoxville police have carried nasal naloxone kits, but the sheriff’s office is the only emergency agency in the county with auto-injectors.

The Metro Drug Coalition leads a naloxone task force on which all County emergency agencies, the health department and local hospital sit. Coalition project manager Deborah Crouse says increasing the availability of the antidote provides more second chances.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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