Tuesday, September 11th, Vanessa Falwell held a Narcan training for the Newport Police and Fire Departments. The training was part of the Narcan project, which trains law enforcement on how to administer Narcan. The Narcan project provides Naloxone (Narcan) boxes to local departments to be placed in squad cars for use when responding to an overdose. Through the program, law enforcement are equipped to administer potential life-saving medication to assist the victim. Narcan Nasal Spray contains naloxone hydrochloride which blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, sometimes called narcotic, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness, as recently, used to treat overdose in an emergency situations. Vanessa Falwell and Merchants & Planters Bank donated a box to the department. According to Newport Chief of Police Allen Edwards, “The training and use of Narcan is essential. Not only to save the life of the victim, but multiple times an officer has been exposed and needed it. The training was excellent. The department is appreciative and the donation was generous.”
Alisa Lancaster, former UAMS instructor and mentor for the Narcan project, helped Vanessa Falwell begin the program in Jackson County. Lancaster began the program in Independence County with much success. Vanessa has further plans to work with the Tuckerman and Bradford Police Departments regarding the Narcan program.
Vanessa is a 1999 graduate of Newport High School. As one of two daughters of Kenny and Carol Falwell, she has a large supportive family that spans the county. She received a Bachelor Degree Cum Laude from Arkansas Tech University and attended UAMS for her medical training as a Family Practitioner.
Falwell is a current member of the Northeast Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association, a member of the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association, and was appointed by Governor Hutchinson to be on the Arkansas Board of Health. Locally, she is an active member of the Newport Rotary Club and is on the board of the Jackson County Center for Independence.
Vanessa credits her late Uncle Wade Falwell for inspiring her to practice medicine. “I chose the medical profession with hopes of having a clinic in a rural area and never planned on being in a big city. Jackson County is where I wanted to practice,” states Vanessa. As A family Practitioner, Vanessa oversees the Tuckerman Medical Clinic with Registered Nurse Tanya Carlton, who was a nurse to Dr. Wade Falwell. The clinic is open Monday-Thursday 7:30-5:00 pm. Since the opening of the clinic, the patient volume has tripled. This caused the change of locations to a bigger and newer building.