Georgia College Campus Police among agencies equipped to respond to opioid overdoses

Campus police officers at Georgia College are equipped with Narcan, a brand of naloxone that works to counteract the effects of opioid overdoses / Matt Thielke (WGXA)

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- As the opioid problem continues throughout the country, the University System of Georgia (USG) is taking steps to ensure that all on-campus first responders have access to live saving overdose antidotes.

In February, the USG made naloxone available to all affiliated campus law enforcement agencies.

One of those agencies is Georgia College Campus Police. Chief Don Challis said that all of his 19 officers have now gone through mandatory training with the overdose reversing medication and are equipped with it in case of emergency.

The cost for the drug is worked into normal operating costs, Challis said.

Challis said that not only are the officers trained on how to use the drug, they are also now trained on how to spot an overdose and when the drug should be used.

He said that this is a way to make sure that students and the campus community is safe.

He said that the first few minutes after an overdose are critical, so if a situation like that were to take place, it is vital that first responders are well informed on the available methods to save lives.

Although Challis said that no officers on the Georgia College campus have had to use the drug to counteract an overdose, it is good to know that if the situation were to arise, the officers would be prepared.

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