APSO Receives Opioid Overdose Antidote

Avoyelles Today - An Avoyelles Parish first responder faced with an opioid overdose victim will be better prepared to save the victim’s life, thanks to a new weapon in the parish’s fight against the opioid epidemic.

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Doug Anderson requested 20 vials of naloxone from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office.

Naloxone is a prescription medication that restores breathing to a person who has overdosed on opioids.

Landry’s office is able to supply first-response agencies with the life-saving drug through a $1 million legal settlemenent with the Pfizer pharmaceutical company last May. To resolve the state’s anti-trust suit against the pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer provided over 60,000 doses of naloxone.