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Narcan Used by More First Responders in Massachusetts

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(WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) (WGGB)–The heroin reversal drug Narcan is being used by more and more first responders across Massachusetts and lives are being saved.

West Springfield recently became the first fire department in Western Massachusetts to equip fire engines not just ambulances with Narcan.

It’s as simple as a quick spray of Narcan into the nose of someone who has overdosed to bring them from the brink of death and back to life.

Last month, the West Springfield fire department equipped its  fire engines with Narcan, which already had been used in fire department ambulances in town since 2000,”The transition’s been great, the members have really accepted it and they’re willing to do what’s right for the community,” says William Flaherty, West Springfield Fire Chief.

Whether firefighters are responding on a fire truck or in a fire department ambulance, they are ready to administer Narcan to save a life,”I know one incident was last Friday , the school department started a new coalition, 10 minutes before that meeting, the ambulance went out for a heroin overdose and the ambulance did provide Narcan to that patient,” says Chief Flaherty.

Last week Governor Patrick declared a statewide public health emergency to combat the growing use of opiates.

He directed first responders like fire, police and emergency personnel to carry Narcan.

West Springfield is ahead of the curve,”We’ve had I believe 36 uses of Narcan last year so we do see it as a problem not just in one section of the community but throughout the whole town,” says Flaherty.

Chief Flaherty says the availability of Narcan in the fire department is about providing the best possible service for the community.

Part of that service involves giving firefighters the tools they need to combat drug overdoses.


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  • alpinequeen

    A drug to enable addicts to keep on getting high after an over dose.

    • ItsMeSpfld

      I don’t think it’s meant to enable people to keep getting high after an overdose. This drug is simply used to SAVE A PERSON’S LIFE, who, without it, would otherwise be dead due to a bad choice. Hopefully, in some cases (even 1 case makes a difference), it will scare someone enough to take a different path and get help. There is a lot of help out there, believe me. And if someone OD’s and their life is saved by Narcan, my hopes are that some will decide to value their lives, and not play with that fire any more than they already have.

      • Bill

        AL is our resident ignoramus when it comes to drugs. Ignore it, as it does truth and facts. It wallows in ignorance.

        • ItsMeSpfld

          Aahh, gotcha.

          • gino

            AL is our resident ignoramus when it comes to drugs. Ignore it, as it does truth and facts. It wallows in ignorance.

    • Bill

      My god you are an idiot. So they should die then?

    • Bill

      And BTW AL, addicts HATE this stuff, because it brings them down instantly. This may come as quite a shock to some, but junkies aren’t big on staying healthy.

      • alpinequeen

        Narcan is an enabler. Look at the name NAR (narcotic) CAN (can do, or whatever). O.D. trying to get that next “high”, get rescued with NARCAN so you can do it again.

        • alan

          You know I had my doubts about your intelligence level, but your “Look at the name NAR CAN DO” is so stupid there can now be no doubt you really are an imbecile.

          • alpinequeen

            I’ve never had doubts about your intelligence level of zero.

  • Shannon Jasienowski

    We’ll said alpinequeen

    • herrr

      The polish idiot has spoken.

      • Sjas93

        herr…… Me being polish has nothing to do with my comment. I am just laughing inside you must be the idiot……

  • nazz

    You people are losers guess u would rather have all these people dead