Narcan saves K9 after heroin exposure at Oregon jail

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OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP/KOIN) — A deputy used an overdose-fighting drug to save a police dog that was exposed to heroin at Clackamas County Jail.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy and his K9 partner Abbie were searching for contraband Tuesday night when the dog detected heroin in a container. The container spilled and Abbie began exhibiting signs of drug exposure, including rapid blinking and head shaking.

A deputy who handles a different K9 delivered a special Narcan kit for dogs to the jail. When administered through the nose, it can revive someone who has overdosed on opioids.

Abbie spent the night at an animal hospital and was released Wednesday.

Narcan contained nalaxone — a reversal drug for overdoses on opioids such as heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team was able to buy six Narcan kits for their dogs thanks to public donations.

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