Ohio Sheriff says no to Narcan

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says he won't allow his officers to administer anti-overdose drug unless ordered by the courts.

(WLWT) An Ohio sheriff says he won’t allow his deputies to carry and administer the anti-overdose medication Narcan, despite the ongoing opioid crisis.

“I’ve never used Narcan, won’t use it until the courts make me,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says. “Narcan’s not a cure all and I’m not going to have my guys do it.”

Although frustrated with the amount of his resources used for repeated heroin runs, often to the same home, Jones said the main reason for his decision is to protect his officers.

“When the police go out, it’s not safe to get down on your knees and squirt this spray in their nose. These people don’t want the police there, they’re more concerned with hiding their drugs, hiding their needles,” Jones said. “It’s not my officers’ job to go out and die to save somebody’s life that chose to do those drugs and has a dirty needle and some type of disease. It’s not his or her job to die for something they chose to do.”

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