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K-9 units in St. Charles County to carry NARCAN

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

Almost a year after after St. Louis-area police officers began carrying NARCAN to combat heroin overdoses, now K-9 units in St. Charles County will do so, as well. 

The St. Charles County Police Department said the goal is to protect the lives of drug overdose victims, and protect against drug exposure. This move comes as the St. Charles County area is experiencing a takeover of the drug Fentanyl, which is a powerful synthetic opioid, 

"The medical kit will be with the handlers at all times with their K-9s, in their cars, and on deployments when their out in the field," said K-9 Unit Commander Sgt. Michael Kinkade. "This will allow them to have immediate medical care for their dogs in which they've been trained in, which they'll continue to train in, to help negate any serious injury the dog would have to be able to keep them functional." 

St. Charles County Police Chief David Todd said the drug is taking over the county. 

"It's the drug of choice at the moment, unfortunately, and it's killing people," Chief Todd said. "For a lot of families, until it's actually inside the house and it's affecting their children, they don't know." 

Chief Todd said in some cases, by the time families find out, it's already too late. 

"So, again, we have these tools we put to work," Chief Todd said. 

NARCAN is used to block or reverse the effects of opioids. It is used in emergency situations, like overdose. 

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