Narcan Saves Oregon K9 After Heroin Exposure at County Jail

An Oregon sheriff's deputy used an overdose-fighting drug to save a police dog that was exposed to heroin at a county jail.

Posted: Aug 8, 2018 2:02 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2018 2:02 PM

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon sheriff's deputy used an overdose-fighting drug to save a police dog that was exposed to heroin at a county jail.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says a deputy and his K9 partner Abbie were searching for contraband Tuesday night when the dog detected heroin in a container. The container spilled and Abbie began exhibiting signs of drug exposure, including rapid blinking and head shaking.

A deputy who handles a different K9 delivered a special Narcan kit for dogs to the jail. When administered through the nose, it can revive someone who has overdosed on opioids.

Abbie spent the night at an animal hospital and was released Wednesday.

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