POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. >> Thanks to a donation from Odin’s Fund, a nonprofit organization, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office is getting new Narcan kits for all of its K-9 teams, giving the dog handlers quick access to the heroin overdose antidote.
Narcan, also known as Naloxone, had previously been available only to narcotics detection dogs trained in finding illegal substances, including heroin and other opiate-based drugs. Such substances can be even deadly for people who come in contact with them, and the same goes for police dogs.
With the donation from Odin’s Fund all of the agency’s K-9 units will be able to carry and have quick access to Narcan for their canine partners in case they somehow come in contact with narcotics during a search or while performing other duties.
The ability of emergency responders to administer Narcan has been invaluable, saving many lives, officials say.