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Narcan: Another Way the State Patrol is Keeping Minnesotans Safe

Narcan spray and carrying case.A Minnesota state trooper’s job is surprisingly varied. Sure, you’d expect them to patrol the highways enforcing traffic laws and to help motorists in trouble. But saving people from drug overdoses might not have occurred to you.

Opioid abuse is becoming more and more widespread, though, and the State Patrol has had their eye on the issue. In Minnesota alone, drug overdose deaths increased 17.9 percent from 2015 to 2016. So starting in January, Col. Matthew Langer, Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, issued a general order requiring every state trooper to carry Narcan. Learn more in the DPS blog.

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Video Description: The work of the State Patrol goes far beyond the highway. These special assignments showcase the agency's diverse and important work load and responsibilities.