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.