Nov. 21, 2023 – The agency announced a new, free Narcan vending machine will be in its arrest processing center in collaboration with the group CARE Partnership, which is providing the products. The goal is to stop opioid overdoses for those recently released from jail before it’s too late.

The new measures come as the nation continues to see a concerning trend of opioid misuse with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying nearly 645,000 people died from an overdose between 1999 and 2021.

“This initiative serves as a pivotal step in our efforts to combat the ongoing fentanyl crisis,” Sheriff Garry McFadden said in a statement. “By facilitating seamless access to Narcan kits, we aspire to make a meaningful impact and save lives.”

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Organizers said the detention center is just one area they’re focusing the life-saving care.

“We’ve given them out to 10 other organizations throughout the community,” Kenneth Robinson with Freedom Fighting Missionaries said. “We went up and down the Sugar Creek corridor, business by business.”