CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN)- Beginning in June, Clayton Police will be equipped with Naloxone, an opioid used to reverse drug overdoses from drugs like heroin and other opioids.
The Clayton Police Department joins over 70 other agencies across North Carolina that have equipped officers with Naloxone. Authorities hope the drug will help prevent drug-related deaths.
Statewide deaths from heroin have skyrocketed since 2010. More than 1,100 people die from accidental overdose each year, primarily from prescription pain relievers.
Although Clayton Police Chief Wayne Bridges says his town is not experiencing serious problems related to these types of drugs, he wants to make sure his department is prepared.