Lewes Police dispensing Naloxone


In an effort to combat and reduce the number of fatalities which can result from opiate overdoses, I am pleased to announce that effective April 28th, 2017 your police department has trained with the Sussex County Emergency Management Services and is now equipped with Naloxone, commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan.

Opiate overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Delaware.  Fatal and nonfatal overdoses can result from the abuse of opiates such as morphine, heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, Percocet®, Percodan® and hydrocodone.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which means it displaces the opioid from receptors in the brain and can therefore reverse an opiate overdose.  It has no euphoric properties, minimal side effects and is administered as a nasal spray.  If it is administered to a person who is not suffering an opiate overdose, it will do no harm. 

hank you to the men and women of the Lewes Police Department and as always, professional service to our citizens and visitors is our goal.
Thomas R. Spell,
Lewes Chief of Police