Sheriff’s Department Receives Donation for Naloxone
By LYDIA BERGLAR
On Dec. 13, the Dade County Sheriff’s Office (along with several other agencies in North Georgia) received a donation from MedStat Supplies to purchase Naloxone, a medicine which reverses opioid overdoses.
One widely known brand name of the medicine is Narcan, produced by the pharmaceutical company, Adapt Pharma.
According to the official press release, “Naloxone is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids. Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped because of an opioid overdose.”
The opioid epidemic has been making headlines across the country, impacting a wide variety of communities. The sheriff’s office stated, “With the opioid epidemic swamping the nation, Naloxone is a crucial tool for every first responder. Just within Dade County, our deputies have used this medication on numerous occasions, and saved multiple lives.”
Sheriff Ray Cross thanked MedStat Supplies, a Fort Oglethorpe business, for their generous donation.
MedStat is owned and operated by three US Marine Corps Veterans. According to the company’s website, “We took great pride in serving our country and now take great pride in providing the best service possible for all of our customers. Founded in 2007, our CEO Jonathan Connell recognized the need in the industry for competition, so we began with one simple mission: To provide quality medical supplies at an affordable price.”