Fire Chief Ray Reynolds told members of the Nevada City Council on Monday that Nevada’s police officers may be the first in the county to have training and access to NARCAN (Naloxone).


NARCAN is a life-saving nasal mist which can be used on a person who has overdosed on opioids, such as morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, opiates, etc.


Reynolds said Nevada is not immune to the tragedy of drug overdose. It has had a person die from overdose and has had several other calls that were very serious overdoses.


Councilman Brett Barker said when it comes to drugs, he thinks it would be useful to bring together the “larger community” to address issues related to drugs. Barker said there are various groups or businesses doing different things to help with drugs, but none of them are really coordinating their efforts.


Reynolds agreed, having a community strategy when it comes to drugs is a good idea.


In other business:


Nevada Parks and Recreation Director Tim Hansen said mosquito counts, according to the website that Iowa State runs concerning this topic, are showing very low numbers, near zero, at this time. In light of that, Hansen said he doesn’t foresee the need for mosquito spraying right now. “We will continue to monitor (the count),” he said.


Hansen also reported that Parks and Recreation has looked into replacing the slide at Hattery Park in Nevada. The cost for a free-standing slide is around $4,500 and Hansen said they hope to have one by fall.