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Butler County sheriff's Narcan stance draws new protests

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Posted at 2:32 PM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 16:55:35-04

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Picketers gathered outside the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in Hamilton Tuesday, protesting his stance prohibiting his deputies from using Narcan to treat overdose cases, the Journal-News reported.

Sheriff Richard Jones recently said he will not allow deputies to use Narcan on opioid overdose victims. In Butler County, only one law enforcement agency -- the Miami University Police -- have officers equipped with Narcan.

Tuesday's protest at the sheriff’s office complex comes three days after picketers stood outside the Government Services Center on High Street protesting the same police.

Jones said he does not mind the protests and said they have not changed his mind.

“I hope while they are going through our county that they spend money here, by food, gas and other things to help our tax base,” said Butler County Sheriff Jones about the protest.

Jones said he wished them well, noting it is part of what makes the county great: the right to peaceful protest.

“I have marched in my day,” Jones said.

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