Chico, Calif. -- Chico law enforcement is implementing a new measure to tackle the growing opioid crisis.
The Chico Police Department is outfitting its first responders with emergency medical nasal naloxone, a drug designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses.
Thanks to the Butte County Department of Public Health, the Chico Police Department provided the anti-overdose drugs to the Chico Police at no extra cost.
In total, Butte County received 538 doses for a total value of $20,000.
There were 1,925 opioid-related deaths in California in 2016.
In 2017, Butte County first responders administered naloxone in the field to 191 patients during 911 emergency calls.
"Certainly we're hopeful that if we run across an individual that's suffering from some kind of opioid overdose, we'd be able to administer this drug in a safe and helpful way," said Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien.
In addition, Chief O'Brien said having easy access to naloxone addresses accidental exposure first responders might get to drugs.