Sheriff K9s get Narcan kits due to increase in Opiates

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FRESNO, California.- Ohio Nonprofit Organization K9s for Valor has gifted the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office 12 Narcan kits specifically designed for dogs.

The gift comes after deputies reached out to the organization due to the increase in opioid use in Fresno County.

“Exposure these days is highly likely, opposed to five years ago,” said Deputy Todd Burke.

Burke said K9s often come into contact with drugs when searching for bombs, guns, and bullets.

“If the dogs are exposed to Fentanyl,” said Burke. “It can be fatal.

Unless you administer Narcan, a nasal spray used to reverse an opioid overdose.

The dose for both humans and dogs is 2 ml of Naloxone. The only difference between the two kits is the shape of the applicator.

Even though the deputies had Narcan in their cars, they did not have specialized kits for the K9s. That was until this year when deputies reached out to the Ohio Nonprofit K9s of Valor who sent a kit for each dog.

“I love my dog very much,” said Burke. “And I care for their safety and I am glad we have these kits because we can reverse the effects of exposure immediately.”

If for some reason the K9s Narcan kit does not work, Deputies said they can use their own kit to revive the dog as it heads to the vet.

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