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St. Louis Police Carry Narcan for Drug-Sniffing Dogs

June 25, 2018 - 7:59 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Three police K9s have reportedly overdosed during drug raids in Florida. St. Louis police say all their canine handlers are trained to administer narcan.

They actually carry two types. One nasal spray for human beings and the second form of narcan they carry is an injectable syringe specifically for their canine partner.  A St. Louis police spokeswoman says they have not had any drug sniffing dogs get sick and have not had to administer narcan to any of them.

St. Louis county police spokesman Benjamin Granda says their canine handlers do visual searches before using their dogs to ensure there are no hazards including needles, knives or powdery substances present. Also tactical medics are trained in first aid for the K9s including CPR. 

Purdue University provides training to officers on how to administer narcan to their canine companions and experts at the University of Pennsylvania are researching opioid exposure in working dogs.