MCPF Supports MDP Opioid Overdose Response Capabilities
With financial support from the Montgomery County Police Foundation (MCPF), the Montgomery County Department of Police (MDP) has 200 officers trained and able to save lives using Narcan, an antidote to opioid overdose.
4 years ago, MDP had only 20 officers trained. After the training Chief Thomas Manger kicked off January 10, 2018, more MDP officers who volunteered to be able to save a life if they are the first responder to a 911 call for an overdose. The chief introduced Christina Gilaris, alive today because the officer who responded to a 911 call had training and a Narcan kit similar to those the Foundation supported. She was not only able to thank the officers in the classroom, all of whom volunteered for the training and to carry the Narcan kits, but also spoke at the press conference following.
Chief Manger thanked the Foundation for the funds to buy the Narcan carrying cases and spoke with the press following his class introduction. Mr. Marvin Address, President of the MCPF Board of Directors, answered questions about why the Foundation supported this initiative. “I’m tired of seeing people die who don’t have to.”