Hampton police partner with Sentara to battle opioid overdoses

Sentara CarePlex Hospital (Photo: Sentara Healthcare)
Sentara CarePlex Hospital (Photo: Sentara Healthcare)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Police Division is partnering with Sentara CarePlex Hospital to battle heroin and opioid overdoses.

In a Thursday news release, Hampton police said hospital staff and Hampton EMS personnel will train officers on how to use Naloxone — a nasal spray designed to aid those who are overdosing.

Sentara will be supplying Hampton officers with Naloxone devices to carry in the field.

“Police officers are sometimes the first to arrive when there’s an overdose,” stated Betsy Lynch, director of the emergency department at Sentara CarePlex Hospital. “When a patient stops breathing, officers equipped with Naloxone are able to save a few precious minutes in reviving those patients so EMS can transport them to us alive.”

Sentara CarePlex staff will train eight Hampton police officers on Monday, Nov. 14.

“We’ve had 120 drug overdose cases since January with 16 deaths,” said Terry L. Sult, Chief of the Hampton Police Division. “Our officers want to be able to help save lives when minutes count.”

Police say Sentara’s emergency staff has treated 400 cases of heroin, opioid and other drug overdoses.