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Valdosta Police to equip officers with Narcan nasal spray

Valdosta Police to equip officers with Narcan nasal spray
Valdosta Police to equip officers with Narcan nasal spray
Posted at 6:13 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 14:01:02-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - After careful research, the Valdosta Police Department has decided to equip every officer with a spray that can help save the life of someone overdosing.

Its called Narcan nasal spray. The spray is to stop opioid overdoses in particular.

Chief Brian Childress says Valdosta's problem is not as large as it is in other areas, but he does not want to wait for a crisis to happen to give him reason to use it.

Critics say the spray would only enable drug users to continue using. Chief Childress responded by saying VPD's main concern is to save lives.

"If we're responding to a call were someone is suffering from some type of medical condition even from an opioid overdose, our job is to save their life," said Childress."

Narcan is expected to be given out to officers on Dec. 20.