Lucas Co. Treasurer's Office employees get Narcan overdose training

Lucas Co. Treasurer's Office employees get Narcan overdose training

LUCAS COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - Narcan training has moved into places many might not expect because of the growing opioid epidemic.

"I just want to make sure that my staff at the end of the day can go home to their family," said Lindsay Webb, Lucas County Treasurer.

A handful of employees from the Lucas County Treasurer's office got training at work they might not think they'd ever get, for an overdose.

It's all because of the close relation with money and drugs.

"Money comes into this office on a daily basis, large volumes of money, and what I realized is a very small imperceptible trace of Fentanyl can actually lead to a very significant overdose," said Webb.

If these employees, do believe they've touched contaminated money, they're told to actually wash their hands, and not use hand sanitizer because it absorbs into the skin.

Treasurer Lindsay Webb says she wants Narcan kits ready and available for both her employees and taxpayers coming into the office.

She says it was the overdose of the TPD officer about a month ago that prompted the conversation in the office.

"My first reaction was like, holy crap. We deal with this money and stuff every day and deal with people every day, so I am really glad Lindsay brought this to the office," said Yolanda Butts, Head Teller for the Treasurer's Office.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department's Opiate Program Coordinator Kimberly Toles says she's been busy training employees lately, some in fields most wouldn't expect.

"I've trained the TARTA bus drivers, I've trained the City of Toledo workers, I've trained the engineers, Toledo-Edison engineers, most of the people who are out in the field," said Toles.

Webb says they are still evaluating whether or not her employees are going to use rubber gloves dealing with money moving forward.

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