Narcan saves Clackamas County canine deputy exposed to heroin
A donated Narcan kit for canine deputies came in handy after a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office drug-detection dog ran afoul of some contraband heroin in the county jail.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, Abbie and her handler Deputy Eliseo Ramos were conducting a routine search for contraband in the E block at Clackamas County Jail in Oregon City. CCSO officials say that Abbie alerted Ramos about some smuggled heroin on top of a hygiene container under a table. During the subsequent search, the container spilled over, and Abbie was apparently exposed to the heroin. She began exhibiting signs of drug exposure, including excessive saliva, rapid head shaking and rapid blinking.
Fortunately, Grimm's handler Deputy Erik McGlothin was able to deliver a special Narcan kit for dogs to the jail to administer nasally to Abbie. Narcan contains nalaxone, a reversal drug for overdoses on opioids such as heroin.
Thanks to generous public donations, CCSO was recently able to purchase six Narcan kits for the canine unit's dogs.
Narcan successfully stabilized Abbie, and she was transported to VCA Animal Hospital on Southeast 82nd Avenue for treatment. She was held for observation overnight and released the following morning.