cutline: Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Chief Shauwn Howell, Captain Russell Carothers with Dr Cheryl P May, Director of the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute.
Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services is pleased to announce that it has received Naloxone
Hydrochloride Kits commonly known as Narcan—- a drug used by first responders to reverse the
effects of an opioid overdose.
Firefighters have been trained to use the Narcan kits. Fire Chief Shauwn Howell said the
Fire Department was awarded a grant through the University of Arkansas System’s Criminal
Justice Institute via the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.
Narcan is the first and only Food Drug and Administration-approved nasal spray of Naloxone
used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose, per its website. In
order for firefighters to administer the drug, they were required to take a Naloxone
administration course. The course trained firefighters on the “ability to increase awareness of opioid
use and deaths” and the “ability to properly administer pre-hospital intranasal Naloxone.”
Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services motto is ‘Focusing On The Community’ therefore when
first responders have the tools and equipment they need, they can better serve and focus on our
community, a spokeswoman said in a press release.