Hennepin County gets replacement heroin overdose-reversal tools after theirs didn't work

The defective devices have been replaced.

Sheriff’s deputies in Hennepin County carry a drug that helps quickly reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, but some of the tools they use to spray the drug into an overdose victim's nose weren't working.

They were part of a recall, and the company that makes the tool kept sending the sheriff's office defective devices.

That left the sheriff's office short on the number of working devices it it had, which was concerning because the county has seen a spike in opioid-related overdoses recently, Sheriff Rich Stanek said last week in a public plea to Teleflex Medical to fix the problem.

Teleflex came through this week. The sheriff's office told GoMN Wednesday they got a new shipment of devices, and they're working how they're supposed to.

"The sheriff’s office is grateful that Teleflex was able to provide a workable solution to ensure our ability to respond to opioid overdoses in Hennepin County," a statement said.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office administered naloxone seven times in 2016. No one died due to the defective devices.

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