Narcan can be used to block the effects of pain killers such as oxycodone, Vicodin, codeine and heroin in the case of an overdose.
According to KIRO TV News, 1 in 5 deaths in the state from drug overdoses happen in Snohomish County. Nationally, and in Washington State, more people die from drug overdose than from car accidents.
Placing narcan with law enforcement officers and deputies can improve the chances of saving someone who is overdosing on drugs. While EMTs may have the drug, often police are the first on the scene of an overdose. Waiting for EMTs to arrive can lessen the chances of saving that overdose victim. Now, responding officers/deputies who have narcan can administer the antidote without waiting for further medical aid.
The distribution of the antidote is a result of a grant for 320 doses to the county.
KIRO TV News:
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