Florida Highway Patrol troopers issued Narcan to save lives on Florida roads
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a division of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), is now issuing Narcan to Troopers in an effort to save lives, a strategy by the agency to fight against the opioid epidemic. Naloxone, the life-saving drug commonly known by its brand name Narcan, can take just seconds to revive an overdose victim. “The FHP is part of a concerted, collaborative effort to combat the opioid crisis, which has a far-reaching impact,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Safety for our Troopers and those we serve has been and always will be the department’s number one priority, and it’s critical that our members can safely perform their jobs to help prevent any unnecessary injuries or deaths in our state.” This week, Troopers in Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties were the first members of FHP to be issued Narcan due to the increasing number of overdose deaths in those counties. Narcan will be issued to additional troopers throughout other areas of the state by the end of February. “FHP knows firsthand the seriousness of the opioid crisis and the department is taking the necessary steps to adapt our techniques and arm our Troopers with the tools that will ensure the safety of the public and FHP,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “With the rise of deaths associated with the use of Fentanyl and Carfentanil, it is important to have this antidote available to our troopers, who are often the first to arrive on scene on Florida roadways.” The Narcan units will assist FHP members when they encounter an overdose situation while on patrol and help protect first responders who may be accidentally exposed and overcome by the effects of dangerous opioids. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid and is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Extremely small doses of these drugs have been determined to be fatal, and even exposure from minor skin contact has been known to cause severe medical issues including death.
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Louisiana State Police trooper hands out stickers to kids at lunch
LSP Trooper Carl Holiday spent his Sunday lunch giving back to some kids in the community. State police shared a photo sent to them by a viewer of Trooper Holiday visiting with her grandchildren during lunch in Baton Rouge. The post says that Holiday spent a few minutes talking with the two young kids, and handed out some junior trooper badge stickers. "Troopers always enjoy spending time visiting with children in our community!" the post read.
Texas Department of Public Safety graduates three new canine teams
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today graduated three Troopers and three canines from an eight-week training program. These canine teams will join 42 other DPS teams stationed throughout Texas, including six explosive-detection teams stationed in Austin. “DPS canine teams are an integral part of the department’s efforts to detect and disrupt drug trafficking and other criminal activity that threaten the safety of our communities,” said Director Steven McCraw. “We are proud that these canine officers are officially joining our ranks, and we are confident that these expertly-trained teams will work together, following their instincts, to help make Texas a safer place.” Two of the dogs were obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense and one was donated – including a yellow Labrador Retriever, a German Shepherd and a Malaherd. The newly-trained canines will be used for drug detection. The new dogs and their duty stations are as follows (pictured left to right above): Netti (Dumas); Kelsey (San Antonio); and Loko (San Angelo). Three additional canines who also recently completed their training will replace retiring dogs in the DPS canine program.
Nebraska state troopers find 41 pounds of 'club drug' in car on I-80
Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested a man after they found a variety of controlled substances in his car following a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Kearney. The patrol said they spotted a westbound 2017 Nissan Altima speeding on I-80 about 5 p.m. Tuesday. The trooper determined that the 40-year-old driver’s license had been suspended, and the man was arrested. A search of the car uncovered 617 vials of ketamine, an anesthestic, which weighed 41 pounds. The estimated street value of the ketamine was $617,000, the patrol said. Troopers also found 3.5 grams of marijuana, one gram of methamphetamine, a gram of what they think was cocaine and unmarked tablets. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ketamine is used as a “club drug” by young adults at bars, nightclubs, concerts and parties.