WOODBRIDGE, Va. - This month, the Prince William County Police Department began equipping officers with Naloxone.
Police said there are two reasons for the decision: officer safety and the opportunity to save lives.
In 2016, county police investigated 49 fatal opioid-related overdoses. Since June of this year, there have been 24 opioid-related deaths in the county.
Now, the whole department is being trained on how to properly administer the life-saving medication.
In a release from the police department, officials said:
"The opioid epidemic poses a significant threat to not only the users of illicit narcotics but also the law enforcement officers and medical services personnel who respond to calls for service involving overdoses and drug encounters."