With the increased influx of such potent forms of opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil, specially trained police dogs are at unusually high risk in the war against drugs. This is particularly so because canines don’t search with their eyes and fingers like humans, but literally breathe in the toxic chemicals while looking for illegal substances.
For that reason, officers now carry naloxone with them, to revive their four-legged fellow lawmen when they overdose from just doing their job. Naloxone immediately blocks the effects of opioids, reversing an overdose in its tracks. Since even grain-sized particles of these new super-opioids can be lethal, it’s becoming an ever-growing problem in all aspects of police work.
Officers often love their dogs like family. Society also owes a debt of gratitude to these canines for helping to stem the flood of drugs hitting the streets. Perhaps soon we’ll get a better handle on this epidemic. In the meanwhile, it’s good to know we’re doing all we can to help our furry friends, who do all they can to ensure our safety.