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MetroParks rangers join in battle against opioid crisis by carrying Narcan

Park rangers are now on the front lines when it comes to fighting the opioid crisis in the Miami Valley. (WKEF/WRGT)

MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Park rangers are now on the front lines when it comes to fighting the opioid crisis in the Miami Valley.

Rangers now carry Naloxone or Narcan, a medicine that reverses the effects of an overdose, as they patrol the area’s 19 metroparks.

FOX 45 was told they’ve already had to use Narcan a few times, but not inside any of the parks. Instead, they’ve had to administer doses while patrolling the surrounding areas.

“It was made available to us through a grant through Adams House and the State of Ohio,” Five Rivers Metroparks Public Safety Chief Mark Hess said, “so there was no cost involved. They provided the training, and it frankly is the right thing to do, when you’re talking about saving someone’s life.”

Pennsylvania was one of the first state to require troopers in all state parks to carry Narcan.

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