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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.

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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.

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