GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Recent Heroin overdoses in Franklin County have highlighted the problem of illegal drug use.
Some of those overdoses have resulted in death.
An effort is underway to look into make a heroin overdose reversal drug available to all first responders.
The drug is known as Narcan. It’s medication that helps reverse the potentially deadly effects of a heroin overdose.
Some are calling for first responders to carry Narcan so that if they respond to a drug overdose emergency, administering Narcan could save a life.
For example, police in Quincy, Massachusetts carry Narcan.
Could it come to a community like Greenfield? Police Chief Robert Haigh says it’s being looked into.
“It certainly is a life saving tool, that can be beneficial in our line of work, so I definitely think it’s worth looking into,” says Chief Haigh.
A subcommittee has been established to look at the possibility of first responders in Greenfield carrying Narcan.
Mayor William Martin also says it’s worth investigating.
“To place Narcan in the first responders possession would be another step in our evolution of dealing with illicit drug use and addiction,” says Martin.
Chief Haigh says there’s evidence to show that Narcan works. “Narcan is very effective, in regard to the opiate overdose, it does snap them out of it very quickly,” says Chief Haigh.
The effort to have first responders carry the heroin overdose reversal drug Narcan seems to be gaining momentum, for example, most recently, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh suggested that all first responders in Boston carry Narcan.