Fulton County Commissioners Approve Additional Doses of Anti-Overdose Drug | Print |

 At its October 18, 2017 meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to fund the purchase of the drug naloxone (brand name Narcan) to distribute to law enforcement agencies and first responders in Fulton County.   The resolution was sponsored by Fulton County District 2 Commissioner and Board Vice-Chairman Bob Ellis and provides $49,000 in funding to purchase the drug known to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose.    

"We've heard countless stories of how law enforcers across Fulton County have used naloxone and saved lives," said Vice Chairman Bob Ellis. "We wanted to provide additional funding for naloxone to ensure our first responders are armed with the life-saving medicine, while the County works on education, prevention and treatment to fight the opioid epidemic."
 
This action represents the most recent step of many that Fulton County has taken to address the crisis of opioid addiction in metro Atlanta. On April 20, 2016, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved previous funding of up to $49,000 for the initial purchase of naloxone to be distributed to law enforcement agencies throughout Fulton County and its municipalities. The County subsequently distributed 1,176 doses of nasal Narcan to 14 police agencies in Fulton County and trained personnel at those agencies how to properly administer the drug.  
 
Naloxone can reverse the harmful and often fatal effects of overdoses from heroin and other opioids and is administered either by being squirted into the nose or injected into the upper arm or thigh of the person experiencing an overdose.