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Hillsborough County Sheriff to announce Narcan expansion

Posted at 6:27 AM, Dec 18, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister is expected to announce an expansion of the sheriff’s office Narcan inventory on Wednesday morning.

Every patrol deputy will now be able to carry Narcan to better assist people who may have overdosed.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue will also get Narcan.

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The organizations are getting a grant from the group Helping Emergency Responders Obtain Support (Heros).

Previously the county proposed a $14 million plan to fight the epidemic.

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It focused on emergency rooms and jails to reduce the number of victims.

Last year officials told us more than 1,000 people had died from opioids in the county since 2012.

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Hillsborough County has the high number of children born addicted to opioids in the entire state.

Chronister will talk about how this addition of Narcan will impact the community.

The press conference begins at 10 a.m.