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Oxford Police Department Hosts Free Narcan Training to Prevent Drug Overdose

By Emily Girsch.
No community is immune to drug abuse and after one too many overdose incidents, the Oxford Police Department, together with local awareness organization, "Truth Pharm," put their foot down to start saving lives.

"We can bring somebody back that's made a mistake," said Oxford Police Chief Rich Nolan.

"That's our main goal right now."

A free Narcan training session was held by the police department at Oxford High School.

"Narcan is a drug that when administered, it will reverse an overdose death, said Alexis Pleus, founder of Truth Pharm.

"So for us, the longer we can keep people alive and the more second chances we can give them, it gives them another chance to enter recovery."

Alexis founded Truth Pharm in 2006, after her son overdosed on heroin.

"Your kid can be a star athlete, an honor student, they can go on to college, finish college, be a successful person in the community and still be addicted to opioids," she said.

"So no one is immune to this."

Following the free training session, participants were given a free Narcan kit to take home, a powerful way the community can prevent losing another one of their own to drugs.