Deputies equip K-9 units with Narcan in case of opioid exposure

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Local law enforcement agencies are increasing their efforts in the fight against the opioid crisis and that means adding more K-9 units.

But these K-9s are at a high risk of inhaling powerful drugs like fentanyl and heroin as they become more potent.

That’s why the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has added Narcan training to their basic K-9 training routine with the help of a veterinarian.

“We’re going to administer that medication at the same time as doing CPR to help revive them,” said Dr. Daniel Yanik.

If it’s anything that can aid my dog and give him first aid and get him to an animal hospital and get home, I’m willing to do anything,” adds Deputy Michael Wade, Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Everyone in the K-9 units receives two Narcan doses — one for the dog and another for themselves. Half of one human dose can be used to reverse a K-9 overdose.

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