Back in March 2018, government reports only reinforce how the United States has continued to suffer from opioid-related deaths, all stemming from the health crisis that is tightening its infectious grip on our nation. In the wake of this destructive crisis, new designer drugs like fentanyl (a dangerous synthetic opioid) have been solely responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people. During this time, Emily Feinstein (executive director of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse) confirmed that the problem is not simply getting worse: it is skyrocketing. However, did you know that humans are not the only victims of these terrible drugs? According to 2017 reports, some of our most beloved animal companions are being injured by opioids like fentanyl. Let’s take a closer look at how K-9 Unit officers are preventing their beloved dogs from suffering drug overdoses.
The Dirty Work of Police Dogs
As part of their rigorous training, police dogs are trained to sniff out a variety of drugs (specifically narcotics and other illegal substances). However, during these raids, the dogs can be exposed to particularly deadly drugs and suffer overdoses, just like their human counterparts. In fact, in 2017, three dogs from a Florida Police department were sent to a veterinary clinic after ingesting dangerous doses of fentanyl (a drug that is 50 times more powerful than heroin). So what countermeasure have officers adopted to ensure their furry companions are safe?
In the same manner as treating human victims, police officers carry naloxone kits to prevent their dogs from suffering from severe overdoses.
Follow Your Nose
According to Brian Foley (deputy chief in Hartford, Connecticut), the smallest amount of fentanyl can sicken police officers. So imagine how severe the situation can be for dogs. Rather than relying on hands for touch or eyes for sight, dogs mostly rely on their keen sense of smell. As they are sniffing out the drugs, the police dogs are inhaling the harmful substances as a result.
So how does the naloxone help? Simply put, the drug blocks opioids from having an effect on the body and prevents dangerous symptoms, completing reversing an overdose in the process.
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