CAPT. DANIEL SINGLETARY is pictured holding the drug Narcan. He says every sheriff’s deputy and investigator in Grady County is now armed with the emergency treatment.
The Grady County Sheriff’s Office is now equipped with enough Narcan that every deputy and investigator has one dose they can use in the field should they get called to an overdose.
After it was reported that a Cairo Police investigator’s Narcan likely saved the life of an overdose victim earlier this month, Grady County Sheriff Harry Young decided that his employees needed the same antidote.
According to Capt. Daniel Singletary, the sheriff’s office now has a total of 20 doses of the emergency treatment that reverses an opioid overdose. Singletary says money from the sheriff’s office’s seizure account covered the nearly $1,300 purchase.
In addition to saving overdose victims, Narcan can be used by officers on themselves should they accidentally become exposed to dangerous illegal drugs when working crime scenes.
Cairo Police Lt. Giovannie Santos was working on-call and was on his way home at 1:20 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, when he heard 911 dispatchers calling emergency responders to an overdose in the county. When Santos checked and discovered none of the deputies had Narcan, he responded and administered the dose he had. Although Santos described the woman as having a grey coloring and blue lips when he arrived, she was conscious and talking by the time she left with EMS.