A new tool to help fight the opioid crisis


A new tool to help fight the opioid crisis could soon be in the hands of local first responders.

As a part of National Police Week, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown met with a handful of law enforcement officials from Ohio to show them a high tech gadget that can be used to detect Fentanyl. 

This is the same technology used by Customs and Boarder Protection agents.

Officers around the nation would receive this tool as a part of a bill Senator Brown is trying to pass– called the POWER Act.

Local officials said this technology would be a huge help.

“Any technology to make it safer for our responders is a welcome tool. We have already taken some steps due to these exposures. We have NARCAN that is used just for our members,” said Wheeling Fire Chief Larry Helms.

“It will really help on the scene. Unfortunately, because you are dealing with overdose and the use of fentanyl at the extent like it is all over the country. Senator Brown is doing great work on our behalf,” added Harold Schaitberger, general president of IAFF.

The POWER Act would establish a new grant program through the U.S. Department of Justice to help state and local law enforcement organizations obtain high tech, portable screening devices.

The bill is co-sponsored by Republican Senator Rob Portman.

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