Police to Train 80 Officers in Use of Life-Saving Heroin Overdose Drug
As suspected heroin overdoses reach what is being called “epidemic proportions,” Montgomery County Police are getting training in the use of a drug that could be life-saving for some.
Narcan is a drug that counters the effects of opioid (such as heroin) overdose. Officers administer the drug by spraying it in a person’s nostrils.
In 2014, Montgomery County detectives investigated 25 heroin-related overdose deaths.
In late January 27 officers got trained on the use of Narcan by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and another a 50 are expected to be trained by April. Training includes knowing the signs and symptoms of a heroin overdose. Training offers then carry Narcan in their vehicles, according to Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti.
— Montgomery Co Police (@mcpnews) January 21, 2015