LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - The opioid epidemic is taking much of the country by storm including Georgia and Alabama.
Tuesday, the Lee County District Attorney announced a new plan to combat rampant overdoses.
Lee County now the first county in Alabama to pick up a drug-funded a number of state departments known as Naloxone.
"We want to be ahead of the curve and we want to do exactly that," says Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.
Lee County received 6 kits, Lee County Sheriffs Department, Opelika, and Auburn police are agencies that will be provided with two kits each that will contain four doses of Naloxone.
The kits are used to inject into an officer coming in contact with a lethal drug or someone who is the victim of an overdose.
"They will be properly prepared, clearly it will be up to agency administration and policy and procedure on how they use it," says Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes.
The Center for Disease Control conducted a 2016 county–by–county break down of the whole nation. In Alabama, Chambers County with 140.6 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, in Russell County 110.8, and Lee County with 64.5 prescriptions.
In 2016, Alabama had the highest opioid prescribing rates in the whole country they were 121 prescriptions per 100 people– that's all according to a center for disease control report.
Lee County ready to combat the epidemic, "it's a tough process, but it's something we fight every day."