In less than 1 week, approximately 150 Minneapolis Police Officers were trained to administer the drug NARCAN, which has been credited with saving countless lives as first responders respond to calls of opioid overdoses.
Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo kicked off the program last week, and in less than 7 days, the MPD has already facilitated 11 training sessions for officers who patrol the streets of South Minneapolis. By year’s end, all patrol officers throughout the City of Minneapolis will complete the training and be equipped with the nasal spray kits, which cost approximately $75 per officer.
“Their first and primary responsibility is to save lives,” Chief Arradondo explained. Minneapolis joins several other first responder agencies throughout the metro area also carrying the lifesaving kits.