Naloxone – “Another Tool In Our Toolbox,” Say First-Responders
Posted on June 24 2014
Counties all across New YorkState are experiencing a rising epidemic in the use of heroin (as well as other types of opioid drugs) and a drastic increase in the number of overdose deaths. Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department is just one of many that are working towards training and equipping their deputies to carry and administer the lifesaving drug Naloxone.
As spokespeople explained in the June 22, 2014 issue of the Olean Times Herald, law enforcement officers are usually the first to respond on the scene when calls come in. According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff, their officers have been witnessing so many fatal overdose cases that they wanted to be able to provide them with a tool to help, which is why “we are giving them the Naloxone kits to save lives."
When administered during an opioid overdose, Naloxone will actually reverse the effects of the drug, with the victim waking up and being able to function again within just 2-5 minutes of the drug being administered, enabling them to receive further treatment instead of being sent to the morgue!
While ambulances and some fire departments have been using Naloxone for some time now, many law enforcement agencies are now also equipping their deputies with the lifesaving drug to help combat the recent surge in fatal drug overdoses.
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