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At 1:10am on January 12th, 2015, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office responded to a call in Marcy, N.Y. that a man had potentially overdosed on heroin. Luckily for the individual, the Sheriff's are now carrying Narcan Opioid Overdose Kits in their vehicles for just such an occurrence. Quick thinking by the Deputies allowed for the administration of intranasal Naloxone which revived the individual and saved his life. When the individual was revived, he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment and is reported to be in good condition.
Due to the increase in opioid abuse, New York State has enacted legislation to make training and use of Naloxone Hydrochloride required for first responders. The intranasal form of Naloxone can be administered quickly without the need for intravenous injection making it safe and effective for police officers and affected individuals. During the past year, officers have been trained to identify opioid overdose and to administer intranasal Naloxone.
The availability and training for response to opioid overdose has saved numerous lives already. Naloxone Hydrochloride works as an opioid inhibitor that temporarily clears the individual's receptors reversing the effect of overdose. Though this effect only lasts for a short period, it allows emergency medical personnel to arrive, stabilize, and transport the affected individual to a healthcare facility for further treatment.
Additional information regarding Naloxone Hydrochloride and Intranasal Opioid Overdose Kits is available online at www.mountainside-medical.com or by phone at 888-687-4334.