Editorial — Police taking major steps to save lives at every turn

Date Published: 
June 2, 2017

It’s often said that growth is the worst thing to ever happen to this community.

The positives and negatives of the area’s astounding growth can be debated for decades (and have been), but we feel there is a much-worse threat to the community: heroin and other opioids.

One could easily add one and one to come up with an answer that states that these dangerous drugs are only here because of the growth and influx of new people from different areas, but seeing as how opioids are seemingly appearing in every rural section of the nation, that doesn’t really ring true. Nor does it matter.

It’s here. Our property crimes have escalated in direct correlatation to the drugs’ infiltration into our corner of the world, arrests have skyrocketed and, most seriously, people have been dying.

The Ocean View Police Department was one of the first agencies in the state to see its officers carry naloxone, also known as “Narcan” — the overdose reversal drug. Other departments, as well as EMTs, have followed suit, in a desperate effort to save any life possible.

Now, Delaware State Police have recently announced that their officers will be carrying naloxone, as well.

“As first-responders on patrol, troopers are often the first to arrive on the scene of medical emergencies,” said Sgt. Paul G. Shavack, trooper commander and Delaware State Police Naloxone program coordinator.

When someone fatally overdoses, that’s it. There’s no rehabilitation. There’s no second chance. That’s the end.

We’re glad to see our police departments stepping up to assist in saving lives that can one day be turned around.