SPRINGFIELD, MO (02/14/18) - With the rise of opioid abuse in the Ozarks Greene County deputies are taking matters in their own hands. The sheriff speaks out on being trained with Narcan and a man that says it saved his life more than once.
Prescription drug overdose is something we’ve seen almost every day. David Stoecker says he grew up in an abusive household so opioid's helped numb the pain.
“I overdosed at my house and somebody called 911 and dropped the phone. There was nobody at the house when the paramedics got there. Second time, it was pretty much the same experience. Third time, somebody threw me out in front of the emergency room out of a car," says Stoecker.
Sheriff Arnott says drugs are coming down on price. So the, already, growing drug influence here in the Ozarks is at an all time high. Arnott says now is the time his deputies should take action.
“It’s a good safety tool," says Arnott. "So, as soon as we roll up in conjunction with CPR and the other life saving measures we think it’ll make a difference.”
Arnott says around 60 deputies are being trained to use Narcan. And with the help of Cox Hospitals the sheriff’s department is getting the life saving injection for free.
“You know, our hopes is that we save a life that life will be changed," says Arnott. "Because next time they might not come back.”
Stoecker says it took him more than once with Narcan to realize he needed to make a change. But now, he helps those in recovery find their way out just like he did. Next Wednesday, February 21st he’s hosting a free to the public Narcan training. For more information, click here for event information.