Delaware County law enforcement are pushing lawmakers to pass legislation which would allow police and first responders to carry a potentially life-saving drug. According to MyFoxPhilly.com, the drug, known as Narcan or Naloxone, is administered by nasal spray, and it instantly reverses the effects of a heroin overdose.
Collingdale Police Chief Bob Adams described its effects to MyFoxPhilly.com “Gentleman was in his bathtub, and he overdosed on Heroin and actually started to drown in the bathtub,” Adams said. Paramedics administered Narcan to the man. After that, “He refused medical treatment, got up and walked out of the house.”
According to MyFoxPhilly.com, Narcan or Naloxone is being touted as a miracle drug, but state law stipulates that police and other first responders are not allowed to carry it. It may only be carried by trained medical personnel.
“Why not put it in the hands of first responders– the guys and girls who are on the street first that can save lives. I’m tired of going to funerals,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.
As MyFoxPhilly.com points out, the number of deaths from Heroin is climbing in Delaware County.
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by Tactical-Life / Mar 7, 2014