Imagine receiving training to use Narcan – the life-saving opioid overdose treatment – and having to use it less than 24 hours later in the field.
For Amherst County Sheriff’s Office Field Deputy Mark Jordan, that was exactly the case Friday.
Even more incredible, Friday is the same day the department announced a separate drug bust that netted 2000 grams of meth and seven arrests.
It’s highlighting a drug problem deputies say is overwhelming the force.
“So I mentioned ‘hey, I’ve got some Narcan with me, and let me try using this to see if it works.’ So I did – followed my training that I received the previous day,” Jordan said. “You don’t really think about it in the moment. You’re just doing your job and trying to take care of what’s in front of you.”
Jordan says he’s not surprised he’s being roped into a drug battle he says is all throughout the county.
His boss, Sheriff E.W. Viar, Jr., agrees.
“I want the citizens of this area to know that we’re working very hard and diligently to stop the drug epidemic,” he said.
Viar said Friday his department arrested more than 230 people on drug charges last year, and has arrested around 30 this year.
He says his office is relatively small, and that the huge demand is overwhelming it.
“Trying to send a message out there that we’re not going to tolerate it,” he said.
Jordan says he hopes his work will pay off in the future.
“Hopefully they learn from it and make some changes in their own lifestyle,” he said.