Champaign County authorities receive naloxone training

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY - Champaign County authorities are partnering with Carle Foundation Hospital to help save the lives of individuals who are seen overdosing on opioids.

Authorities say deputies from the Champaign County Sheriff's Office received training on how to use naloxone to combat in-progress opioid overdoses.  Naloxone is used to stop respiratory failure caused by opioids.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh says it is important for deputies to know how to administer naloxone, as deputies can often reach overdose victims outside of Champaign-Urbana faster than firefighters and paramedics.  Approximately 40 Champaign County Sheriff's Office officials will carry a form of naloxone that is administered through a patient's nose.

This training is part of the effort to combat heroin use and overdoses in central Illinois.  Officials also say the Champaign County Sheriff's Office, Carle, and other local agencies have partnered to offer medical treatment and therapy to heroin addicts through the county's drug court.

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