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Buckeye officers may soon carry overdose antidote

The Buckeye Police Department is on track to be the first law enforcement agency in the Valley to have officers carrying an overdose antidote.

Reserve officer and physician Brian Hawkins is developing a plan to provide free training for Arizona officers as well as free Narcan doses for agencies that cannot afford it.

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Narcan comes in a nasal spray and can help people suffering from a heroin overdose.

“It’s something that every officer should be able to do,” says Hawkins. “And the money, we can work on getting grants from different departments and agencies.”

For retired Phoenix Police officer Kim Humphrey, addiction is an issue that hits close to home.

“We get a call from a concerned parent whose daughter told them she was afraid our son was going to overdose,” says Humphrey. “I didn’t even know he had a drug problem.”

Humphrey’s son, Sean, had begun taking pills when he was 15 years old.

“I was raised up right. I had a good childhood,” says Sean. “There was no overt thing that happened to me. I just had these uncomfortable feelings about myself. Those [pills] took those feelings away from me. All those anxieties in my life were removed.”

When pills got too expensive, Sean turned to heroin and his life spiraled out of control.

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Humphrey had dealt with many addicts while patrolling the streets, but he didn’t know how to help his son.

“It’s easy to go out and, OK, they’re standing on the corner, they’re committing crimes. But they’re somebody’s daughter; they’re somebody’s son,” says Humphrey.

He and his wife found Parents of Addicted Loved Ones, a non-profit that offers support meetings and other resources for families. Humphrey is now the board chair.

Humphrey is happy to see agencies taking a progressive approach to helping addicts. His son, Sean, believes a second chance at life may help some addicts make the decision to get clean.

“There’s a lot of good people doing a lot of good work to remove that stigma,” says Sean. “I don’t think anybody’s hopeless.”

Source: Buckeye officers may soon carry overdose antidote – CBS 5 – KPHO