Chico, Calif.--A new public health grant is paying for Butte county first responders to administer the drug naloxone when they encounter people who have overdosed on opioids.
Last year in Butte County 191 patients were given the drug during 9-1-1 response calls.
Chico police chief Michael O'Brien says opioid-related overdoses and death are becoming commonplace. He said he's also very concerned about accidental overdoses to first responders.
It cost more than $20,000 for 538 doses of naloxone, which have been given to local law enforcement and emergency responders throughout the county.
Chico police received 41 of the naloxone kits. Chief O'Brien said Thursday that all Chico responders have completed a training course so they can use the kits safely.