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Red Bluff Police See Spike in Opioid Overdoses

Police have seen four opiate overdoses in two weeks, and are hoping it's not a trend.

Posted: Dec 3, 2018 6:27 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2018 10:31 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Red Bluff police have reported a recent spike in opioid overdoses, some of which have led to death.

Police chief Kyle Sanders said they've had four opiate overdoses in just a couple of weeks, and he's hoping it's not part of a trend.

Sanders was looking over supervisors’ logs when he noticed the spike.

“I noticed in the two week period from Nov. 14 - Nov. 28 our officers had responded to what were believed to be drug overdoses on at least four occasions,” Sanders said.

He said the fire department has also seen an increase in calls as of late.

The increase comes just a few months after police received training on how to administer the life-saving drug naloxone or Narcan as it's commonly known which can prevent someone from dying in the event of an opiate overdose.

“These were, to my knowledge, the first time we were able to administer,” Sanders said.

The drug was provided to the police department free of charge by the Tehama County Public Health Department.

Health officials there say four overdoses in two weeks is a lot, but Red Bluff and the county as a whole are still doing better than other places.

“Tehama County is not as bad as many of the other counties in the state as far as overdoses or overdose deaths,” Hernandez said. “Which we're grateful for.”

Hernandez said getting people into treatment is their main objective, so they can help them before they get to that point.

However, that can be difficult.

“We don't see a lot of those people,” he said. “They tend to kind of skirt treatment.”

He said friends and family need to talk to loved ones encourage them to seek treatment before it's too late and Sanders hopes for the same. 

“So I essentially wanted to get the information out there,” Sanders said. “Hopeful that families will talk to loved ones who may have a problem with these types of drugs and encourage them to contact an agency that can help them perhaps overcome that.”

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