FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Compression Tactical Bra - Cheata Tactical
Patented technology is designed to provide the stability of 2-3 sports bras,...

Top News

Mass. Officers Get Overdose-Reversing Nasal Spray

July 24, 2013  | 

Screenshot via CBS News.
Screenshot via CBS News.
The officers of the Quincy (Mass.) Police Department have begun carrying Narcan, which reverses overdoses from opiods such as heroin and painkillers derived from opium.

The medication, which can be administered with a nasal spray, blocks narcotic's ability to attach to brain cells, so the subject can resume normal breathing. About 200 officers have been trained to use the antidode. There are two doses in every cruiser, Detective Patrick Glynn told CBS News.

Quincy police have reversed 170 overdoses since 2010 and now require every patrol officer to carry it.


Comments (4)

Displaying 1 - 4 of 4

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/26/2013 3:08 AM

What happens if the OD is from a non-opiate source or they misdiagnose the actual cause of the OD like symptoms (a stroke victim comes to mind quickly) and if the victim needs opiates to survive would this spray effectively block medical treatment and for how long? This is really something EMS should be doing since this is within their protocols and purview as trained Emergency Medical Technicians. I wish them luck but I see trouble on the horizon.

Sam @ 7/26/2013 9:06 AM

Ima. It is something EMS uses. Intranasal narcan should be standard just like AEDs. For any first responders It really can make a difference,literally life or death. If the OD is not an opiate ( narcan is specific to opiates ) then it just simply won't wake them up. These people still need medical care,ie stroke,head injury or other ODs. Narcan otherwise is harmless.

gp cobb @ 7/28/2013 8:49 PM

Who wants to save these pukes?

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/29/2013 3:21 AM

You seem to know Sam, just how long does Narcan block opiates? Just in case someone needs them to survive a stroke? I have never used this product and thankfully where I worked EMS was always close by. My training was only in basic first aid. I don't do babies even if I have to hang them upside down the baby has to wait until EMS arrives. In my time we had no AEDs or Narcan so I was fortunate in that respect.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: MN Officer Protected Country Star's Bar During Vegas Massacre
Minneapolis Park Police Officer Justin Brown was off-duty visiting a Las Vegas bar during...
Video: KY Deputy Uses Car Jack to Free Teen Trapped Under Vehicle
A sheriff's deputy used a car jack to rescue a teen who was trapped under a car after...
Federal Judge Refuses to Erase Joe Arpaio's Conviction Despite Trump Pardon
A federal judge on Thursday shot down former sheriff Joe Arpaio's bid to sweep his...
Staffing Crisis Prompts Raises of 25 to 30 Percent for San Diego Police
San Diego will boost pay for police officers between 25% and 30% to help solve a crisis of...
Michigan State Police Director Loses Pay for Facebook Post on NFL Protests
The director of the Michigan State Police will lose five days of pay for sharing a...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
Police Magazine