Opioid Antidote Prescribing

A Narcan nasal device that delivers naloxone lies on a counter in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

CASA GRANDE — The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is now providing Narcan, a drug that can help reverse a narcotic overdose, available to the public for free.

PCSO announced the decision in partnership with the Arizona Counterdrug Task Force in a press release Wednesday.

“We have seen too many people lose their lives due to drug overdose this year,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “If you or a loved one uses opioids recreationally or for pain management, Narcan is now available to you, no questions asked.”

Members of the public can pick up the drug at PCSO stations in Florence, Casa Grande and San Tan Valley. Those looking to pick up Narcan at the San Tan Valley and Casa Grande offices should call to make an appointment first.

All deputies carry Narcan, said PCSO Public Information Officer Lauren Reimer.

Since April of this year, nearly 600 people in Pinal County have died of suspected opioid overdoses, Reimer said. Many of the overdoses have been caused by illegal counterfeit pills containing fentanyl.

PCSO has taken 300,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills off the streets in 2020, she said, a dramatic increase from the 700 pills PCSO confiscated in 2019.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.