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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Port Police receive boost in fight against overdoses

Port Police receive boost in fight against overdoses

Officers receive Naloxone vials from Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office

Gazette Staff Reports

Local first responders have new resources to help them fight the opioid epidemic plaguing our state. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office has granted the Greater Lafourche Port Commission Police Department vouchers for several vials of Naloxone, a prescription medication that counteracts the effects of opioids to restore breathing during an overdose.

The life saving drugs were made available through a $1 million legal settlement between Attorney General Landry and Pfizer.

“The abuse and misuse of opioids throughout Louisiana is a public safety crisis that has unfortunately taken the lives of many of our state’s people,” said Landry. “I appreciate the proactive work done by our first responders to fight back against this epidemic and I am glad we were able to give Naloxone at no cost to the Greater Lafourche Port Commission Police Department.”

“We are appreciative of this life saving drug that our officers will now have available to them,” said Jon Callais, Port Commission Police Chief. “This drug has proven to be effective in reviving victims and gives us critical minutes to get them to a hospital.”

“This partnership with the Attorney General’s office is another excellent way that agencies can work together to have a positive impact on our community,” said Chett Chiasson, Executive Director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.

Naloxone has a shelf life of approximately 16 to 24 months and at this time, there is no limit on how much product or how often the Port Commission police may request and obtain the medication through Attorney General Landry’s program.