SANFORD, N.C. (WNCN) – High school students in Lee County now have access to a drug that quickly counteracts the deadly overdose symptoms of heroin and other opioids, such as prescription painkillers, officials say.
Lee County high school school resource officers are now carrying the drug naloxone, also known as narcan, according to the sheriff’s office..
All Lee County deputies, including narcotics units, will soon have the overdose-reversal drug that they can easily administer to students at schools.
First-responders, including all county deputies, will now have it by the end of the week, officials say.
In June, Gov. Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 734 into law making naloxone available without a prescription.
North Carolina is the third state in the country to issue a standing prescription order statewide for naloxone.
The drug has been credited with saving more than 3,000 lives in North Carolina.
SPECIAL REPORT: Overdose reversal drug now much easier to get in NC
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.