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Kirksville fire, police to carry opioid overdose medication

Monday night, Kirksville City Council members unanimously voted to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services. (MGN)

Firefighters and police in one northeast Missouri city will now be carrying a drug used to revive patients who have overdosed on opioids.

Monday night, Kirksville City Council members unanimously voted to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS).

The measure allows Kirksville emergency personnel to carry and administer naloxone to those suffering from apparent opioid-related overdoses.

Kirksville Deputy Fire Chief Jon Cook told the council that Missouri has seen a significant increase in the rate of opioid-related overdoses in recent years from both illicit drug use and the misuse of prescription pain medications.

Cook added that Kirksville emergency crews respond to potential opioid overdoses "several times a month."

Both police and fire department personnel have received training in the carrying and use of naloxone.

The measure approved by the city council also authorizes the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services to dispense naloxone in nasal spray form to both departments under the Missouri Opioid Rescue and Education Project.

A re-supply of the medication will be provided through the Adair County Health Department.


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