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Kerens police to carry Narcan to fight ODs

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KERENS–During its monthly meeting, Kerens City Council approved using money from its police department’s asset forfeiture fund to equip all police vehicles with Narcan, a drug which is used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose.
Kerens City Administrator Katherine Combs said the drug Fentanyl is starting to make its way into the Kerens area and that the purchase of Narcan is one of the allowed uses of seized funds under the state’s Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 59.
That law was enacted in 1989 to govern contraband seized by any Texas peace officer, including Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers, sheriff’s department officers and all levels of local law enforcement.
Combs said having Narcan on hand is a trend among law enforcement departments to treat people with whom police make contact who have overdosed on opioids, as well as law enforcement officers who might be injected with opioids while performing his or her duties.
Following a public hearing, council also voted to approve a specific-use permit to place a mobile home at 14097 SE County Road 4030, which is inside the Kerens city limits on the east end of town.

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