UND Police, Grand Forks Police adding Narcan to curb opioid overdoses

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) The fight against the opioid epidemic is coming to college campuses.

The University of North Dakota Police is the newest agency equipped with Narcan, the antidote used to treat opioid overdoses.

"This is basically what it looks like," said UND Police Captain Tracy Meidinger. "This another tool for us to use, and potentially save somebody's life."

Cops are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.

"Were there instances where I thought people had opioids on-board, that were close to ODing? Yes. Would Narcan have worked? I'm assuming it would've," Meidinger said.

There have been high-profile opioid overdoses in the past. UND student Bailey Henke died back in 2015 from a fentanyl overdose.

Equipping Narcan in North Dakota has it's challenges.

"It is temperature sensitive. It can either be too cold or too hot," Meidinger said.

Officers can't leave the antidote in their car, many have it on their belt at all times.

"All the time we get these questions about, does crime really happen on campus, and there's no magic wall around the university," Meidinger said.

UND Police recieved grant money from the Grand Forks Health Department to fund the Narcan initiative.

Grand Forks Police said they plan to equipped their officers with Narcan in the coming months as well.