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Milltown officers to carry NARCAN

August 07, 2019
Milltown police officers are now carrying NARCAN, which can help save the life of someone who has suffered an opioid overdose. However, as Police Chief Ray Saylor told the Milltown Town Council at its most recent regular meeting, it may also save the lives of responding officers.

"We're seeing more heroin in the town on both sides of the bridge," he said, "but now we're getting synthetic fentanyl mixed with that, and that is deadly."

Saylor, speaking at the July 8 meeting, said it doesn't take much exposure to synthetic fentanyl to be fatal.

"Basically, if you can picture a penny and you can see just three micro-grams of salt next to that penny, that's how much synthetic fentanyl is deadly to first responders," he said.

Saylor said emergency personnel across the country are having the deadly substance absorbed into their skin when treating patients because they do not have the proper protective equipment.

Saylor said he worked with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, along with the Harrison County Health Department, which is the certifying agency, to ensure that all Milltown officers are properly trained to carry the NARCAN nasal spray.

"That's not just for the general public but also for the protection of the officers," he said of the spray, which is available at no cost to the Milltown Police Department.

In other police department news, Saylor said the department is using color-coded notification tabs. For example, orange stickers are for parking violations, pink tabs are left on doors when officers attempt contact and red door tabs signal a violation, he said.

"We will be putting an ordinance number on there," he said of the latter. "The date, the time, name, location, address and the violation."

Saylor said the color-coded tabs contain the Milltown Police Department's contact information, and it is the person's responsibility to get back in touch with the department.

"Those are now being utilized," he said.

Saylor also stressed that, after months of giving warnings, the department will be issuing parking citations.

"I will tell you we will not have any exceptions whatsoever on the parking violations, particularly up on the corner here at West Main Street," he said, adding the amount of the fine is based on whether it is a first, second or third offense. "So, please do not park against the flow of traffic."

In other business, the town council:

Received an update from Bill Byrd, the town's representative to the Harrison County Regional Sewer District board, regarding efforts to receive funding assistance from Harrison County for a new wastewater treatment plant. Byrd said the Harrison County Board of Commissioners supported sending the town's request of up to $450,000 to the Harrison County Council. (The council declined the request at its July 22 meeting.)

Received notice from town manager Justin Barnes that his last day will be Aug. 28.

Listened to the second reading of various proposed ordinances. The ordinances are expected to be approved at the council's next meeting. They then will need to be published in the newspaper prior to taking effect.

Approve renting three portable toilets at a cost of $215 for the town's upcoming festival. Jerry Mackey made the motion, which was seconded by Jeanie Melton, with Monty Garrett, the board's president, voting in favor.

The council's next meeting will be Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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