Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones says his deputies won't carry Narcan, despite its effectiveness reversing the effects opioid and heroin overdoses. He's the only sheriff in Southwest Ohio whose department doesn't use it.
I asked Jones about Narcan after the controversial comments made by a Middletown city councilman about refusing to respond to overdose runs. Jones told me residents, even social workers, frequently ask him why law enforcement continue to revive people who overdose multiple times. The sheriff said his deputies don't.
Jones made this admission during an interview about the opioid epidemic in Ohio. He claims to be against Narcan because overdose victims, “[when] revived...are often violent and are almost never happy to see the police."
BieryGolick was so troubled by the Sheriff’s admission, he re-asked the Sheriff about his Narcan policy.
“Wait,” I asked, “so your deputies don’t carry Narcan?” “They never carried it,” he said. “Nor will they. That’s my stance.” The sheriff explained that safety is his concern. When people who overdose are revived, they are often violent and are almost never happy to see the police. Still, sheriff’s deputies in surrounding Warren, Clermont and Hamilton counties carry the opioid overdose reversal drug. “We’re not winning,” Jones said, discussing the heroin epidemic.”
The Sheriff, apart from lacking empathy for drug users, was also a public supporter of the Trump campaign during the 2016 Election Campaign. Mr. Jones spoke on then-candidate Trump’s behalf while he was in Ohio.