Covington Police Department Equipped with NARCAN to aid in Overdoses
Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) provided the Covington Police Department with 48 boxes – two doses in each- of NARCAN nasal spray at no cost. Chief Lentz, Covington Police Chief, who also serves on the FPHSA Governing Board representing St. Tammany Parish received the Narcan by Richard J. Kramer, FPHSA Executive Director.
FPHSA launched an overdose prevention campaign in April working to increase the availability of this life-saving medication. This initiative is in response to the continued rise of opioid-related overdoses and the increase in accidental exposure to law enforcement. The doses are in the form of a nasal spray and can be administered in known or suspected opioid overdose cases or in the event that an individual is accidentally exposed. Narcan can’t be used to get high and it is safe to use on anyone because it’s only action on the body is to reverse the effects of the opiate overdose.
Chief Lentz shared that their officers are trained on the proper use and administration of the nasal spray and that the Covington Police Department has been able to save 14 lives with the use of Narcan during his discussion with Mr. Kramer.
Funding for this campaign was made available as part of the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Epidemic. Narcan kits are now available at all FPHSA outpatient clinics at no cost to both clients and their family members who do not have insurance. Please speak to one of FPHSA’s nurses or counselors to request your Narcan kit or call Heather Gernold or one of “STR Peer Support Specialist” at 985-543-4730.
(Pictured left to right: Richard J. Kramer, FPHSA Executive Director and Covington Police Chief, Tim Lentz)