Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Nov 08, 2021 - 11:43AM

For Immediate Release


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Leslie Masterpool, Division Manager – CEO
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6205
Cell: 775-531-8830

Washoe County Sheriff Balaam Warns Residents of Dangers of Fentanyl

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of the serious danger fentanyl poses to members of the community. Yesterday, and in the span of only 12 hours, the Sheriff’s Office responded to two calls for service involving fentanyl overdose.

In one case, a 9-month-old baby was exposed and Narcan, an opioid antidote, was delivered. In the other case, a 24-year-old individual was found deceased.

“Fentanyl is extremely dangerous,” Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said. “And it’s not just a pill – even a very small dose of fentanyl can kill. Unfortunately, many times, individuals who purchase illegal drugs are unaware the drugs have been laced with fentanyl.”

“I encourage every member of the community – parents, students, and others – to be aware of the fentanyl problem in our area,” Balaam added. “This is quickly becoming an epidemic in Washoe County, and it is tragic. It is literally killing people. We must be aware and we must work together to solve this crisis.”

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputies carry Narcan for use when needed. Additionally, individuals discharged from the Detention Facility who may be at risk for opioid use are provided Narcan upon release.

“I am incredibly proud of the Deputies efforts in responding to these types of calls,” Balaam added. “Though we have not been able to save everyone, Deputies have been able to save a number of lives since being equipped with Narcan.”

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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