Two K9 Narcan kits have been donated to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department by the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s.
According to a press release, Narcan, the name brand of the drug Naloxone, reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Since the Sheriff’s Department K9’s are drug detection certified and work in the presence of drugs such as Heroin and Fentanyl, there is a strong possibility that they could be exposed to a lethal opioid dose while performing their duties.
The press release said the kits provided by Vested Interest in K9s (VIK9s) are well appreciated to keep our K9 teams safe in the unfortunate event of an exposure. Each kit comes equipped with two doses of Narcan and a case/holster.
Vested Interest in K9s began their operation in 2009 and has since donated more than 4,327 K9 ballistic vests, 1,800 Narcan kits and over $83,000 in K9 medical first aid kits to K9 teams around the country. Their programs like these, and others are made possible with funds raised through various contributions, grants and fundraisers.
More information can be obtained by visiting their website at www.vik9s.org or calling them at (508) 824-6978.