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Bexar Becomes First Texas County to Supply Anti-Overdose Medication to People Released from Jail

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar speaks during a press conference.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office will provide every newly released county jail inmate with medication designed to reverse potential opioid overdoses, according to a Texas Public Radio report.

That makes Bexar the first Texas county to equip former prisoners with Narcan, a nasal spray that if applied quickly enough can nullify the effects of an OD.

The project, conducted in partnership with UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, aims to curb overdose deaths. In the first two weeks after a person's jail release, they're 40 times more likely to die of an overdose, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told TPR.

"We attribute that to the fact that they may be living in a jail environment for some time," Salazar said. "They're not using drugs during that time, and then at which point they're likely to have a lower tolerance for the drug once they emerge, but they also may be more likely to overindulge."

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Nowlin, S. 08/21/2019 Bexar Becomes First Texas County to Supply Anti-Overdose Medication to People Released from JailSan Antonio Current.

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