The Winder Police Department recently issued a press release to thank the MAG Foundation for equipping its officers with naloxone, which reverses the effects of drug overdoses, and training them on its use – as well as funding two prescription drug disposal boxes in the area.
The April 22 release stated that, “The City of Winder Police Department trained its entire staff of police officers (and several civilian employees) on the use of an opioid reversal drug thanks to the assistance of the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation.”
It added that, “The Winder Police Department is one of just a few law enforcement agencies in the state to begin carrying [naloxone] as a life-saving tool when responding to calls involving drug overdoses.”
The MAG Foundation was also applauded for donating prescription drug disposal boxes to the Winder Police Department and the Barrow County Sheriff’s office so “any member of the community can come to either location and properly dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medications.”
The release ended by thanking the MAG Foundation for its “efforts to work with us to fight this nationwide epidemic and for giving us the ability to equip each of our officers with something that will potentially save someone’s life.”
The MAG Foundation sponsors several important programs, including the ‘Think About It’ campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse and ‘Project DAN’ (Deaths Avoided by Naloxone) to equip first responders with naloxone and train them on its use.